McVay's Rams smartest, best-coached team in NFL

Kerry Byrne

The Intelligence Index is a formula the Cold, Hard Football Facts developed years ago to separate smart, well-coached teams from dumb, poorly coached teams.

Intelligence is simply the difference between defensive efficiency, or what we call Bendability (yards surrendered for each point allowed), and offensive efficiency, or what we call Scoreability (yards needed for each point scored).

Smart teams efficiently convert yards into points on offense and make opponents work hard for points on defense. Smart teams tend to win the turnover battle, play well in the red zone, produce in all phases of special teams and commit few penalties – all the little factors that separate winners from losers in the NFL.

Smart, well-coached teams win games and dumb, poorly coached teams lose games. More importantly, smart, well-coached teams win games against the spread and dumb, poorly coached teams lose games against the spread. 

  • The Top 5 on the Intelligence Index are 28-13-1 (.683) ATS
  • The Bottom 5 on the Intelligence Index are 13-25-1 (.342) ATS

Here’s a look t the Intelligence Index through Week 9 of the 2017 season

2017 INTELLIGENCE INDEX (through Week 9 2017)

TEAM

BEND

SCORE

INTELLIGENCE

RECORD ATS

1

LA Rams

16.86

11.62

5.24

5-3

2

Jacksonville

19.23

14.27

4.96

5-3

3

Buffalo

18.5

13.97

4.53

5-2-1

4

Philadelphia

15.88

11.99

3.89

7-2

5

Kansas City

16.89

13.23

3.66

6-3

6

New England

18.64

15.23

3.41

4-4

7

Baltimore

16.34

13.57

2.77

4-4-1

8

New Orleans

16.86

14.21

2.65

5-3

9

Detroit

14.7

13.04

1.66

4-4

10

Dallas

14.59

13.11

1.48

5-3

11

Seattle

17.32

16.03

1.29

3-5-1

12

Green Bay

14.97

13.71

1.26

3-5

13

N.Y. Jets

15.45

14.63

0.82

6-2-1

14

Minnesota

16.72

16.02

0.7

5-3

15

Houston

13.04

12.49

0.55

5-3

16

Oakland

15.19

14.9

0.29

3-5-1

17

Pittsburgh

17.5

17.43

0.07

5-3

18

LA Chargers

17.74

17.75

-0.01

3-4-1

19

Tennessee

13.72

14.04

-0.32

3-4-1

20

Cincinnati

15.65

16.73

-1.08

3-5

21

Carolina

15.52

16.77

-1.25

5-4

22

Washington

13.89

15.5

-1.61

3-5

23

Tampa Bay

15.72

17.95

-2.23

1-6-1

24

Atlanta

14.97

17.51

-2.54

2-6

25

Chicago

14.6

17.17

-2.57

6-2

26

Indianapolis

13.62

16.92

-3.3

5-4

27

N.Y. Giants

15.12

18.56

-3.44

3-5

28

Miami

14.1

18.64

-4.54

3-3-2

29

San Francisco

14.33

19.48

-5.15

4-5

30

Arizona

13.92

19.4

-5.48

2-6-1

31

Denver

11.34

17.45

-6.11

2-5-1

32

Cleveland

12.42

20.25

-7.83

2-6

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