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Top 5 Quarterback Matchups for NFL's Week 2 Schedule

Three divisional QB pairings make this week's list.

Although Week 2 of the NFL season lacks many of the big games that came in the opening week, there are still plenty of intriguing quarterback matchups on the schedule.

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And this is still the case despite Dak Prescott's thumb injury robbing us of an opportunity to see him go head-to-head against Joe Burrow. That leaves quite a few repeats from last week's list — six to be exact — but that's necessarily a bad thing.

With that in mind, let's break down the top quarterback matchups of Week 2.

Top 5 Quarterback Matchups of Week 2

5. Tom Brady vs. Jameis Winston

Brady has struggled with the Bucs in his four regular-season games against the Saints — six TDs, eight INTs, and 13 sacks — but it's hard to bet against him, even at age 45. And while Winston may not be the most consistent QB, he's bound to make things interesting one way or another. This has great boom-or-bust potential.

4. Justin Fields vs. Aaron Rodgers (SNF)

Fields won the season-opener in a game that barely resembled football due to rain, and now he'll get a chance to prove himself against one of the league's best defenses. He has room to grow after completing fewer than 60 percent of his passes in both of his games against the Packers last year. Meanwhile, you can expect Rodgers to come out firing after laying an egg in another Week 1 loss.

3. Kyler Murray vs. Derek Carr

Carr threw three interceptions in Week 1 — more than 20 percent of the way to his total last year (14), which was tied for sixth in the NFL. But when he's on, he can really sling it. Murray put up big numbers again in Week 1, even if it felt like empty stats in a 23-point loss. Regardless, this should be an exciting offensive matchup, especially considering the teams' weak defenses.

2. Tua Tagovailoa vs. Lamar Jackson

While this matchup may seem lopsided, Tagovailoa did put up impressive numbers reminiscent of his college days in Week 1. He ranked fifth in the NFL with a 78.2 QBR on 23-of-33 passing for 270 yards and a TD. Was he dinking and dunking to exceptional receivers? Sure! But he did that at Alabama as well with record-setting performances. Jackson remains as dangerous as ever, even if his pass catchers were downgraded over the offseason.

1. Justin Herbert vs. Patrick Mahomes (TNF)

There's a reason that these two quarterbacks were among the top four in preseason MVP odds. Only Mahomes truly looked the part last week — Herbert will need to prove himself without Keenan Allen in this game — but this remains clearly the top matchup this week regardless. We're lucky to get this matchup twice a year for seasons to come.

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