Within an incredible slate of games that feature some very intriguing matchups between rivals new and old are plenty of contests that feature perhaps even more intriguing matchups between quarterbacks. The quarterback position is everything in the NFL, and we are lucky to have an incredible collection of signal-callers to entertain us this coming season.
We've got legends like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. We've got modern faces of the league in Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, and Lamar Jackson. We've got future stars like Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert.
And we've also got the added intrigue of Deshaun Watson making his return to the league with a new team.
This star power at the premier position in sports is sure to create must-see TV every week. Here are the most intriguing quarterback battles each week of the 2022 NFL season.
Week 1: Josh Allen vs. Matthew Stafford (TNF)
The last quarterback to win the Super Bowl faces off against the guy most expect to win the next one. High drama to open the 2022 season.
Week 2: Justin Herbert vs. Patrick Mahomes (TNF)
It's Mahomes' division for now, but Herbert is coming for the crown with a talented cast of skill-position players at his disposal (as well as a beefed-up defense to support him).
Week 3: Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady
From this point forward, every time these two meet could be the last time it happens. Soak this one in.
Week 4: Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady (SNF)
A Super Bowl rematch from a couple of years ago between former league MVPs and two of the most marketable stars in the league.
Week 5: Justin Herbert vs. Deshaun Watson
While Watson has been away from the game, Herbert has evolved into one of the true stars in the sport. Both of these guys know how to get the ball in the end zone. This one will be exciting.
Week 6: Russell Wilson vs. Justin Herbert (MNF)
The AFC West got a whole lot wilder with Wilson joining Denver. This one could set the tone for the rest of the season.
Week 7: Deshaun Watson vs. Lamar Jackson
Two of the most exciting players at the position meet for the first time as division rivals.
Week 8: Joe Burrow vs. Deshaun Watson (MNF)
Just when Burrow thought he had established himself as the king of the division, Watson joins an already talented Cleveland offense.
Week 9: Matthew Stafford vs. Tom Brady
The rematch of last year’s NFC title game, featuring the quarterback who won the last Super Bowl and the quarterback who has won the most.
Week 10: Dak Prescott vs. Aaron Rodgers
Prescott has been slowly climbing toward the top of the mountain of elite NFL quarterbacks. A win over a legend at Lambeau could be one of the final hurdles on that journey.
Week 11: Deshaun Watson vs. Josh Allen
Just went we thought Allen had established Patrick Mahomes as his primary rival, along comes Watson and joins him on the shores of Lake Erie, less than a three-hour drive away.
Week 12: Tom Brady vs. Deshaun Watson
Unless they meet in the Super Bowl, this could be the last time these two face off.
Week 13: Russell Wilson vs. Lamar Jackson
A former Super Bowl champion faces off with a former NFL MVP. Both have something to prove in a game that likely has playoff implications.
Week 14: Patrick Mahomes vs. Russell Wilson (SNF)
Two of the most accurate deep-ball passers face off for the first time in the thin Rocky Mountain air.
Week 15: Joe Burrow vs. Tom Brady
The Kid vs. The King. Joe Shiesty vs. TB12. This will be fun.
Week 16: Jalen Hurts vs. Dak Prescott
It's Prescott's division for now, but Hurts — who plays a similar style to his Cowboys counterpart — has his eyes on the title.
Week 17: Josh Allen vs. Joe Burrow (MNF)
Expect to see these two battling it out for AFC supremacy for years to come.
Week 18: Patrick Mahomes vs. Derek Carr
We end the season on the Las Vegas strip. A battle between one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in recent years and one of the most critiqued quarterbacks in recent years. And it could be for the AFC West crown.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.