The NFL's Week 11 international showcase game Monday in Mexico City between the Chiefs and Chargers added a chapter to its recent struggles with field quality abroad.
After cancelling a scheduled game at Estadio Azteca last year due to an unsafe playing surface, and pushing through with an embarrassing preseason contest this year in Winnepeg, Canada, the league has received a new wave of criticism concerning its turf conditions.
Numerous divots emerged during Monday's game — and ground crew members had to fill them during breaks in the action. That led to increased risk of injury and questioning of how the NFL deemed the field OK to compete on.
Workers are trying to fill divots at halftime. pic.twitter.com/UtqQZmAN3k
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) November 19, 2019
Here are some of the examples of players struggling with the surface, as well as criticisms from current and former players around the league:
Instances field did not hold up
Look at the divot Melvin Gordon’s KNEE pulled up from the turf. Feels like this should *ahem* be discussed more. pic.twitter.com/Aw7YNXiLHM
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 19, 2019
Exceptionally safe. Totally normal. pic.twitter.com/p6HwAS98oi
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) November 19, 2019
NFL reaction to Mexico City field
This field is not acceptable for a NFL game
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) November 19, 2019
Long way to travel to perform on a field that looks border line dangerous.
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) November 19, 2019
That field sucks!
— Tim Grunhard (@swimdad61) November 19, 2019