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 Jared Cook


A stellar start to the season for second-year phenom Justin Herbert – the Chargers bright young thing deserved better than his stat line showed. When you have a QB who can throw from the opposite hash mark to the sideline with such accuracy as Herbert does here to Jared Cook, you know you have something special.


Dak Prescott to CeeDee Lamb


What a wonderful start to the 2021 season last Thursday’s game against the Bucs and the Cowboys gave us. Seeing Dak Prescott back on the field balling was a welcome sight. Up against one of the best defensive fronts in the league, Dak was brilliant in the pocket, standing tall and trusting his offensive line, which was missing a couple of starters. He feels the pressure from all sides on this play but maneuvers himself perfectly to allow his receiver to separate and give him a window – Dak then perfectly floats a ball where only CeeDee Lamb can get it. He also puts it in a spot where Lamb can continue to accelerate to the line for the score. Majestic! Credit to Lamb on the play too for his burst to create the opportunity.


Jalen Hurts to DeVonta Smith


Jalen Hurts announced himself as the undoubted starter for the Eagles last weekend with a virtuoso performance that accentuated the best traits of his offensive personnel. Coming out of Alabama, one of DeVonta Smith‘s key strengths was his route running and long-legged ability to outrun defenders in the red zone. Hurts sets him up perfectly for his first NFL touchdown with this perfect lob into the corner of the end zone. Can’t wait to see this chemistry develop over the season.


Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett


It feels like a deep ball touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett is automatic on the opening weekend of the NFL season. The two connected beautifully on a couple of deep balls to stretch the Seahawks’ lead out to an unassailable number against the Colts. Wilson faces immense pressure from the interior and edge on this play with rookie Kwity Paye, and the best interior pass rusher in the league DeForest Buckner overpowering the Seahawks’ offensive line. Wilson throws off his back foot after a deep dropback to nail the placement of this ball to Lockett at the back of the end zone. It’s a decent adjustment by Lockett to haul it in, too.


Trevor Lawrence to DJ Chark


It was a mixed bag from the number one overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, on his Jaguars debut. Jacksonville’s defense was horrendous against the unfancied Texans led by Tyrod Taylor, so Lawrence was under pressure to claw the Jags back from the offset. This led to some riskier throws than everyone would have wanted from the former Clemson hero in his first professional contest. Still, he made a number of top drawer throws – this perfectly thrown pass to DJ Chark was a “Wow” moment for sure. Facing 3rd & 17 from his own 28-yard line at the start of the second quarter with his team already trailing 14-0, it was a statement throw no doubt.


Kyler Murray to Christian Kirk


We can often overlook the quality of Kyler Murray‘s throws because we are too busy watching him scramble all over the field. However, against Tennessee at the weekend Murray hit Christian Kirk on a fade-away 55-yard throw, throwing across his body for the score. Mesmerizing!


Joe Burrow to C.J. Uzomah


This throw was the most important of Joe Burrow‘s career so far. Trying to move his team into field goal range to secure an opening day win as the underdog against the Vikings, Burrow shows the nouse to change the play at the line of scrimmage on 4th and inches before dropping a dime to tight end C.J. Uzomah to set up the winning field goal. Welcome back, Joey B!


Patrick Mahomes to Tyreek Hill


And let’s round up this week’s article with the traditional “what on earth is the defense meant to do with this throw” from Patrick Mahomes. A 75-yard bomb whilst scrambling to the sideline, throwing across his body to hit Hill inside the covering John Johnson. Unreal.


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