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Silver Minings: Raiders one of league’s smartest teams

Study shows Las Vegas has some thinkers

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Minnesota Vikings v Las Vegas Raiders
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One of the most understated qualities NFL players and teams can have is intelligence.

Indeed, NFL play isn’t all about physical kills, strength, speed and skills. Brains play a factor as well.

And a recent study by shows the Las Vegas Raiders are in a good place when it comes to collective team intelligence. Based on the Wonderlic scores of the roster (the intelligent test routinely have given incoming players to), the Raiders are ranked as the 10th smartest team in the NFL.

The Raiders’ average Wonderlic score is 25.0. The Minnesota Vikings came out as the smartest team in the league with an average Wonderlic score of 28.7.

Will this help take the Raiders where they want to go? Well, it can’t hurt.

In other Raiders’ news:

  • Fantasy stud: ESPN loves Raiders’ slot receiver Hunter Renfrow as a fantasy player.
  • How did they do? Now that the initial 53-man roster is set, let’s look at the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s last prediction at the Raiders’ roster.
  • Waller breakdown: The Athletic looks at Darren Waller’s contract situation.
  • Gruden addresses scandal: Former Raiders’ coach Jon Gruden said he is “ashamed” about the derogatory words he used in emails that led to his departure from the team last year. He said he is a good person and would like another chance to coach again,