By HCR Staff | Oct. 11, 2018
As always, Week 6 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:
• The marquee matchup of the week also features a meeting between head coaches with the highest combined HCR numbers for the week: undefeated Kansas City Chiefs vs. the New England Patriots on Sunday night. KC’s Andy Reid is currently second in Head Coach Ranking with a score of 8.2 and the New England’s Bill Belichick is sixth (7.4). Of course, Reid and Belichick are also all-time greats. These coaches, who faced off against each other in Super Bowl XXXIX, are the two winningest active head coaches in the league. Belichick is third on the all-time win list (281) and Reid is ninth (199). Reid is two wins away from tying Dan Reeves for eighth on the list.
• The Reid-Belichick matchup is the only one this week between coaches currently in HCR’s top 10. The only other matchups that are close are the Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos (Sean McVay tops the HCR list at 8.4; Denver’s Vance Joseph is tied for 11th at 7.1) and the Los Angeles Chargers at Cleveland (Anthony Lynn is tied for seventh at 7.3 while Cleveland’s Hue Jackson is tied for 11th at 7.1).
• As of now, Pat Shurmur has won as many games as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach as he has with his new team, the Giants — Shurmur was 1-0 as interim HC with the Eagles at the end of the 2015 season. Shurmur had been an offensive assistant with Philadelphia at the time, working alongside offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, who was elevated to head coach in 2016. Assuming both coaches stay with their current teams for a good stretch, then Thursday night will be the first of many meetings between these two coaches.
• When the Dolphins host the Chicago Bears, it will be Miami head coach Adam Gase’s first meeting vs. the team with which he was offensive coordinator before going to Miami.
• Whenever Tampa Bay visits Atlanta, which they do this week, there is extra incentive for Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith, who was the Falcons’ head coach from 2008-14. Note: Smith’s record with Atlanta was 67-50; current Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is 33-25.