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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Ranking the NFC North's playing surfaces

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

The most well-liked playing surface in the NFC North is at Detroit's Ford Field, according to a series of voting results released Thursday by the NFL Players Association. The least favorite? Minnesota's multi-use FieldTurf.

That's the upshot from the union's annual poll of players conducted during the season. The NFLPA broke out the results into four categories: Best artificial surfaces, worst artificial surfaces, best grass fields and worst grass fields. In each case, the voting between best and worst wasn't necessarily in reverse order. I presume that discrepancy can be attributed to each stadium evoking opposing but passionate responses from different players.

(Try it sometime. Rank the NFL's starting quarterbacks from best to worst. Then -- without looking -- rank them from worst to best. I bet the lists aren't reversible.)

After agonizing for hours -- or, well, a few minutes -- I decided on the following is the easiest way to present the data:

5. Detroit
11. Minnesota

2. Minnesota
11. Detroit (tied with Seattle)

BEST GRASS (18 total)
7. Green Bay
16. Chicago

WORST GRASS (18 total)
4. Chicago
5. Green Bay

A couple thoughts on these rankings: