The Ravens' playing surface dropped to No. 8 in a player poll ranking the best artificial fields in the NFL.
The artificial turf at M&T Bank Stadium ranked No. 7 in the 2008 poll. The players' union takes a survey on fields every two years.
The drop is surprising considering the Ravens just installed a new SportExe field before the 2010 season because the surface had begun to lose its softness. SportExe features 1 billion blades of green synthetic fibers with a base of sand and granular rubber.
It marks the lowest ranking for the Ravens since they changed from a grass field. With SportExe, the Ravens' playing surface ranked in the top seven in the past three player polls (No. 6 in 2004 and No. 7 in 2006 and 2008).
Here are the top-rated artificial playing surfaces in the 2010 poll: