By HCR Staff | Sept. 27, 2018
As always, Week 4 presents some interesting matchups in the NFL, particularly when it comes to coaches going up against each other. Each week, Head Coach Ranking presents its exclusive Head 2 Head numbers – comparing the rankings of the coaches that are facing off.
Here are a few matchups to watch:
• Thursday night’s matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams might have been more compelling if not for the Vikings’ surprising loss to Buffalo last week. Still, this game could have ramifications when it comes time to determine playoff seeding in a few months.
It’s also an intriguing coaching matchup that presents what could be Week 4’s best chess match. Rams head coach Sean McVay, who sits atop the exclusive Head Coach Rankings after three weeks, is also tied for first when it comes to in-game adjustments, with a grade of 8.3. Vikings HC Mike Zimmer, while his overall HCR grade is 6.6, is tied for third overall with a grade of 8.0 for in-game adjustments. In other words, pay close attention to what these teams do differently after halftime.
• There are only three matchups this week between head coaches that are both currently in the top 10 of the Head Coach Rankings. And it may come as a surprise that the coaching matchup with the highest combined ranking is the New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars. Todd Bowles and Doug Marrone are tied for fifth with identical HCR grades of 7.3.
• The second top 10 matchup is less of a surprise. The Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry is one of the best in the NFL, and both of these coaches usually have their teams in playoff contention. Baltimore’s John Harbaugh is currently third with an HCR grade of 7.9. Mike Tomlin is ninth (7.2).
• The Miami Dolphins-New England Patriots game is getting a lot of attention this week, as a win by the Dolphins here could really shake up the balance of power in the AFC East. Off to a 3-0 start, observers are starting to take notice of Miami HC Adam Gase. So is HCR – Gase is currently tied for 10th with an HCR grade of 7.1. One of the coaches he’s tied with is Sunday’s counterpart, New England’s Bill Belichick.