Is The Smartest Team in the NFL Really Right Here in Minnesota?
The results are in and according to a new survey, the smartest team in the National Football League is right here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
The NFL is one of the most physically demanding leagues in the world. NFL players routinely demonstrate an impressive level of speed and power. But to win the Lombardi Trophy, you also need brains in addition to all that brawn. So have you ever wondered which is the smartest team in the NFL?
Well, the gang over at Gambling.com didn't just wonder, they actually figured out which team has the most brain power in the NFL. They analyzed all available Wonderlic scores of active players in the NFL. (The Wonderlic test is an assessment used to measure cognitive ability and problem-solving aptitude.) Gambling.com then compiled a list of the smartest NFL teams based on average scores of players on the 2022 roster.
And guess which team came out on top? That's right, YOUR 2022 Minnesota Vikings! The Purple People Eaters ranked as the smartest team in the NFL with an average Wonderlic score of 28.73. Gambling.com noted that backup quarterback Sean Mannion, who scored 40, center Garrett Bradbury (35) and defensive tackle Harrison Philips (35) all helped the team take the top spot.
The Houston Texans took second place with a score of 28.11, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in third place with a score of 27.44. The Vikings' main NFC North rival, the Green Bay Packers, placed slightly above the middle at #13 with a score of 24.50, while the Arizona Cardinals came dead last with an average score of just 20.5.
Gambling.com also compiled a list of the Smartest Players in the NFL in 2022, and the aforementioned backup quarterback Sean Manion tied for fourth place (along with fellow QB Carson Wentz of the Washington Commanders.)
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