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Rick Zamperin: Why did the Patriots get blown out in Week 1? Blame their turf

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce celebrates a touchdown by Kareem Hunt during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer).
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce celebrates a touchdown by Kareem Hunt during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer). AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

We now know why the New England Patriots lost their season opening game last week to the Kansas City Chiefs.

It wasn’t because the Chiefs outplayed the Patriots.

And forget about pointing to Bill Belichick being outcoached by Andy Reid, even though Belichick admitted that his team “didn’t do much of anything well enough” to win the game.

It seemed like before the start of the NFL season, pundits were climbing over one another to be the first to predict that the Pats would steamroll every team in their wake in 2017, go undefeated, and win their sixth Super Bowl next February.

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But after week 1, the defending champs are 0-1.  The reason, it appears, is the turf at Gillette Stadium. I’m not kidding.

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After getting blown out by K.C. last Thursday night, the Patriots are replacing their turf, just four months after it was installed.

And at the time, the field was called the “most technologically advanced FieldTurf surface.”

The team is apparently changing the turf because it’s too soft and does not meet the team’s standards, even though it has passed all NFL safety standards.

Forget about the turf, the Pats should be focused on how to rebound from their disastrous start to 2017.

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