While there might never be enough high-end quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, we're living in a golden age of top-tier talent. From members of the old guard like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers to youngsters like Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow, there are enough superstars to ensure at least one great matchup every week.

Now that the full schedule for the 2022 NFL season has been released, we can pinpoint the best quarterback matchups on tap this year.

To rank these matchups, we considered factors like player talent, past performances, potential stakes and any relevant storylines. Since several of these heavyweight bouts feature division rivals, we'll be limiting every pairing to one entry apiece.

Which quarterback battles are we most excited to watch? Let's take a look.


10. Justin Herbert vs. Derek Carr

Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood (first meeting)

When: September 11 (Week 1)

Storylines often drive big-time showdowns. We're going to get a huge one on the first Sunday of the season.

Back in January, Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders battled Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers in what might have been the best regular-season finale in NFL history. At worst, it was an instant classic that will long highlight this AFC West rivalry.

These two familiar foes faced off with a playoff berth on the line. A tie would have sent both teams to the postseason, which nearly happened.

The Raiders and Chargers went deep into overtime, with Daniel Carlson delivering the game-winning kick for Las Vegas as time expired. It was a 35-32 slugfest that saw Carr and Herbert combine for 569 passing yards and five touchdowns.

The rematch will feature several big new additions, as the Raiders added wide receiver Davante Adams—Carr's top target at Fresno State—receiver Demarcus Robinson and pass-rusher Chandler Jones as part of their offseason haul. Meanwhile, the Chargers added tight end Gerald Everett, pass-rusher Khalil Mack and first-round guard Zion Johnson as part of their new group.

Carr and Herbert are scheduled to meet again in Week 13 in Las Vegas, and both games will be intense.

Will Herbert and the Chargers get a little revenge here? Will Carr and Adams rekindle enough of their college chemistry to keep Los Angeles at bay? We'll find out early in one of the best matchups of Week 1.


9. Russell Wilson vs. Patrick Mahomes

Where: Empower Field at Mile High, Denver (first meeting)

When: December 11 (Week 14, Sunday Night Football)

The AFC West is now loaded at quarterback with Patrick Mahomes headlining a group that also includes Justin Herbert, Derek Carr and Russell Wilson.

Wilson, a future Hall of Famer, is the newest member of the group. The Denver Broncos sent two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive lineman Shelby Harris and tight end Noah Fant to the Seattle Seahawks for Wilson and a fourth-rounder in March.