The NFL season is upon us and if you don’t know who your starting quarterback is in Week 1, then you’re in deep trouble. We compiled a complete list of starters and backup quarterbacks in Week 1, which includes Jimmy Garoppolo getting the nod for the San Francisco 49ers and Andy Dalton starting for the Chicago Bears.

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Rookie quarterback Mac Jones will start for the New England Patriots in Week 1. (Image: Mike Stobe/Getty)

The Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson are still ensconced in a standoff. Watson demanded a trade and will sit out until the Texans find a trade partner. However, the Texans’ asking price for Watson is too high and the Miami Dolphins balked at the price tag that includes three first-round draft picks and a couple of second-rounders.

The Texans tapped Tyrod Taylor as their Week 1 starter.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers avoided a hold out when the two parties agreed that this will be the final season in Green Bay for Rodgers. Whether or not he decides to retire in 2022, or play for another team via a trade is still unknown.

After Drew Brees retired, the New Orleans Saints had to choose between Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. Head coach Sean Payton tapped Winston as the Week 1 starting quarterback, but it will be weird to watch the Saints play without Brees under center.

Cam Newton is the most notable free agent on the market after Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots cut him. Newton had several offers, but he does not want to be a backup QB this season.

QB: Week 1 Starters and Backups

The top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence, gets the start for the Jacksonville Jaguars for rookie head coach Urban Meyer. The Jags moved all-in on Lawrence and even traded beloved backup Gardner Minshew to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Chicago Bears Andy Dalton Justin Fields
Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow Brandon Allen
Buffalo Bills Josh Allen Mitch Trubisky
Denver Broncos Teddy Bridgewater Drew Lock
Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield Case Keenum
Tampa Bay Bucs Tom Brady Blaine Gabbert
Arizona Cardinals Kyler Murray Colt McCoy
LA Chargers Justin Herbert Chase Daniel
Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes Chad Henne
Indianapolis Colts Carson Wentz Jacob Eason
Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott Cooper Rush
Miami Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa Jacoby Brissett
Philadelphia Eagles Jalen Hurts Joe Flacco
Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan AJ McCarron
San Francisco 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo Trey Lance
New York Giants Daniel Jones Mike Glennon
Jacksonville Jaguars Trevor Lawrence CJ Beathard
New York Jets Zach Wilson Mike White
Detroit Lions Jared Goff Tim Boyle
Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers Jordan Love
Carolina Panthers Sam Darnold PJ Walker
New England Patriots Mac Jones Brian Hoyer
Las Vegas Raiders Derek Carr Marcus Mariota
LA Rams Matthew Stafford John Wolford
Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson Trace McSorley
New Orleans Saints Jameis Winston Taysom Hill
Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson Geno Smith
Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger Mason Rudolph
Houston Texans Tyrod Taylor Davis Mills
Tennessee Titans Ryan Tannehill Logan Woodside
Minnesota Vikings Kirk Cousins Jake Browning
Washington Ryan Fitzpatrick Taylor Heinicke

The New York Jets begin their post-Adam Gase rebuilding process with rookie QB Zach Wilson. The New England Patriots cut Newton because rookie Mac Jones looked good in the preseason.

Who’s the Third-String QB?

The NFL entered a second season in the era of COVID. Some teams and general managers wanted to stock their roster with a fourth quarterback that quarantined away from the usual group and the practice squad. That way, if there’s an outbreak in the quarterback room and the starting QB is out, they have a fresh and COVID-free player who knows the offense and is ready to go on Sunday.

Chicago Bears Nick Foles
Cincinnati Bengals Kyle Shurmur
Buffalo Bills Jake Fromm Davis Webb
Denver Broncos N/A
Cleveland Browns N/A
Tampa Bay Bucs Ryan Griffin Kyle Trask
Arizona Cardinals Chris Streveler
LA Chargers Easton Stick
Kansas City Chiefs Shane Buechele
Indianapolis Colts Sam Ehlinger Brett Hundley
Dallas Cowboys Will Grier
Miami Dolphins Reid Sinnett
Philadelphia Eagles Gardner Minshew
Atlanta Falcons Feleipe Franks
San Francisco 49ers Nate Sudfield
New York Giants Brian Lewerke
Jacksonville Jaguars Jake Luton
New York Jets James Morgan Josh Johnson
Detroit Lions David Blough
Green Bay Packers N/A
Carolina Panthers N/A
New England Patriots Jarrett Stidham
Las Vegas Raiders Nathan Peterman
LA Rams Bryce Perkins
Baltimore Ravens Tyler Huntley
New Orleans Saints Trevor Siemian Ian Book
Seattle Seahawks Sean Mannion
Pittsburgh Steelers Dwayne Haskins Josh Dobbs
Houston Texans Deshaun Watson
Tennessee Titans Matt Barkley
Minnesota Vikings Nate Stanley Kellen Mond
Washington Kyle Allen

If you notice, there’s a couple of teams that did not list a third-string quarterback on their roster. That includes the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, and Cleveland Browns.

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  1. ‘If you notice, there’s a couple of teams that did not list a third-string quarterback on their roster. That includes the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, and Cleveland Browns’ Yes, I did notice, but thank you for pointing that out, just the same.