The Best QB Throws: Week 1

Your weekly dose of phenomenal throws from quarterbacks around the National Football League.

Every week we will bring you a selection of the best throws from quarterbacks across the NFL. Did you see an amazing throw worthy of inclusion? If so, you can tweet @TheQBList on Twitter to let us know and we’ll give you a shout-out here in the article if your tip makes the cut.


Justin Herbert to Keenan Allen


The Los Angeles Chargers had quarterback Justin Herbert to thank for lifting them over the Las Vegas Raiders thanks to an array of excellent throws from the exciting young signal-caller. Herbert put up a 129.4 passer rating on the way to throwing for three scores without any turnovers or sacks. Herbert spread the love around as nine different players caught passes – this one was to favorite target Keenan Allen. Herbert steps up confidently in the pocket and effortlessly hits Allen on the run, slicing through triple coverage. Elite.


Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce


The Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce connection has been a bedrock of this efficient Kansas City Chiefs offense and they started the 2022 season in hot form. Kelce went up to grab this beautiful back-foot fade from Mahomes in the corner of the end zone to finish off a decisive opening drive of the season for KC. Their connection resulted in eight catches for 121 yards plus this touchdown.


Derek Carr to Brandon Bolden


Turnovers plagued Derek Carr in the Raiders’ defeat by the Chargers but he did manage to produce a couple of magic throws to keep his team within touching distance. No throw was better than this gorgeously flighted ball to Brandon Bolden whilst under immense pressure in the pocket. Carr threw for 295 yards and two scores but threw three interceptions.


Jared Goff to D.J. Chark


The most entertaining contest to watch over the opening slate of games was undoubtedly the Detroit Lions‘ narrow home defeat to the much-fancied Philadelphia Eagles – the game finished 38-35 in favor of the Eagles and featured 841 yards of total offense including seven rushing touchdowns. The only two passing touchdowns were thrown by Jared Goff, and this perfectly located ball for D.J. Chark to lay out for the six is up there with any throw of the weekend.


Carson Wentz to Terry McLaurin


Carson Wentz, after an offseason of ridicule and write-off, had the perfect start to his career with the Washington Commanders as he led his team to a fourth-quarter comeback win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wentz threw four touchdowns overall, including two to rookie Jahan Dotson and this 49-yard bomb to “Scary” Terry McLaurin to bring the Commanders within two points at a crucial stage in the fourth quarter.


Jameis Winston to Jarvis Landry


A famous, of course, comeback from Jameis Winston as he led the New Orleans Saints past the Atlanta Falcons in what looked like for a long time an unlikely outcome. This deep shot to Jarvis Landry set up a game-winning field goal from Will Lutz – the perfect throw at the perfect time to earn your team a win. Welcome back, Jameis!


Lamar Jackson to Devin Duvernay


Lamar Jackson flashed his quality through the air in the Baltimore Ravens‘ 24-9 slapping of the moribund New York Jets. Jackson, not the most accomplished passer in the league, showed signs of off-season improvement with a couple of high-end touchdown passes to Devin Duvernay. This deep ball down the sideline for Duvernay was perfectly located and showed Jackson’s improved composure in the pocket.


Josh Allen to Stefon Diggs


On the back of the dominant win over the Super Bowl Champions Los Angeles Rams, it is likely that the Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen will feature regularly in this article throughout the season. Allen was in devastating form, throwing for three touchdowns and running in another score. The icing on the cake was this beautiful deep throw off his front foot while running to his right to hit Stefon Diggs in the end zone to put his team out of sight in the fourth quarter. Phenomenal.


Kirk Cousins to Justin Jefferson


A seemingly refreshed and revitalized Kirk Cousins under the leadership of Head Coach Kevin O’Connell lit up the Green Bay Packers on the opening day of the season to give the Minnesota Vikings a comprehensive win to start their conquest for the NFL North title. Justin Jefferson, one of the best wide receivers in the NFL at route running and creating separation, shred a Packers secondary ranked one of the best in the game. The most impressive thing about this throw was how Cousins manages to navigate the pressure in the pocket and set himself up to deliver an accurate throw as Jefferson was still working his way out of coverage. A great throw.


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