This slate of 16 games brings more debates about who really is the best signal-caller of each draft class — as well as perhaps the greatest of all time. Former No. 1 picks, Oklahoma teammates and Heisman Trophy winners Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield facing off doesn't even crack the list.
Without further ado, let's break down the top quarterback matchups of Week 4.
Top 5 Quarterback Matchups of Week 4
5. Russell Wilson vs. Derek Carr
This matchup may not have the excitement it would've had, say, last year. Both of their passing numbers are down in this young season, even though they have exciting receiving corps. Their respective teams are locked into their quarterbacks after giving them massive extensions, but both teams have reason to be worried if they continue to put up stinkers.
4. Trevor Lawrence vs. Jalen Hurts
Few would have guessed it before the season, but Hurts and Lawrence both rank in the top seven in QBR through three weeks. Hurts is putting up MVP-level numbers with a league-high 9.3 yards per attempt, while Lawrence has only taken two sacks. This will be a key test for both against a pair of upstart defenses.
3. Tua Tagovailoa vs. Joe Burrow
Everyone buried Tagovailoa behind Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert in the race for the top quarterback in the 2020 draft, but he's the one leading the NFL in QBR (82.8) this season. Of course, a loaded receiving corps helps a lot, but Burrow has one as well. Assuming Tua's fine after taking a big hit last week, this should be a high-scoring affair.
2. Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady
Normally, this matchup would glide into the top spot, but Brady has been quietly showing his age this season. Getting Mike Evans back from suspension will help, but this matchup at least appears more lopsided than the battle of MVP favorites coming in at the No. 1 spot.
1. Josh Allen vs. Lamar Jackson
Jackson won the 2019 MVP, but Allen's hype has overtaken him heading into this season. Now they rank No. 1 and 2 in touchdown passes, No. 2 and 3 in QBR, and No. 1 and 4 in rushing yards by a quarterback. Don't buy into the hype about this game determining the 2022 MVP, but expect this to be a great season-long battle.