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2024 NFL schedule release: Which games could feature two rookie quarterbacks this season

2024 NFL schedule release: Which games could feature two rookie quarterbacks this season


The NFL is a quarterback-driven league and this was very apparent during the 2024 draft, when three QBs were selected to kick off the event. Six quarterbacks went in the top 15, which means we may see a lot of rookies running offenses this year.

As we have seen in the past, just because a player is one of the top picks, does not mean they will see immediate success, or success at all, in the NFL. While these rookie QBs may need some time to adjust out of college, there will no doubt be way-too-soon overreactions and comparisons between all the first-year passers.

Here is a look at the rookie quarterbacks who were taken early in the draft: 

The NFL has a history of must-see matchups between established quarterbacks and this season’s matchups between rookie quarterbacks could be the start of what ends up being some classic rivalries. It is not a guarantee that these rookies will be the team’s starter and in one case (the Falcons), we know they will not be. 

Here is a look at the potential rookie QB vs. rookie QB matchups that we could see next season: 

Bears vs. Commanders 

When: Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. ET

Potenial quarterback matchup: Caleb Williams vs Jayden Daniels

Williams, barring injury, will be the Bears quarterback and there is a good chance in Week 8 he will be facing the quarterback who was selected right after him. Commanders’ No. 2 pick Daniels will compete with Marcus Mariota, who is also in the Commanders quarterback room, for the starting job. 

If Daniels wins the starting job, it will be the last two defending Heisman Trophy winners going head to head. 

Last season, the first two picks, also quarterbacks, faced each other. Carolina PanthersBryce Young ended up defeating Houston TexansC.J. Stroud, but the rest of the season was a different tale, with Stroud winning Offensive Rookie of the Year and Young’s team ending the year 2-15. 

Bears vs. Patriots

When: Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. ET

Potential quarterback matchup: Caleb Williams vs. Drake Maye

Williams has unsurprisingly already been named the starter in Chicago, but Maye still has to earn his starting job during training camp. Even if Maye does not end up the Week 1 starter, the team could transition to the rookie to that role during the season. Williams will have the home-field advantage against whichever quarterback he faces.  

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