Can You Identify the NFL Team From Their 2019 Week 1 Starting QB?


By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

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The first game of the regular season is always a pacesetter for NFL teams, whether they are coming off a championship or a losing season. Either a win or a loss usually sets the tone for the rest of the year. Not that teams can't recover after a Week 1 loss. But team morale is built around winning, so it's always good to start off with a "W" in the first game of the season. 

Of course, one of the most important positions to help usher in a Week 1 victory is the quarterback. Whether they are a veteran or a rookie, all eyes are on how they perform in the opening contest. Fair or not, they are often judged by their Week 1 performance. Though some go on to have stellar seasons even if they start off with a loss, there's always the potential that a quarterback's confidence is ruined if they play poorly.

Do you know these quarterbacks who tried to start the 2019 season off right for each NFL team in the first game of the season? Some got the victory, while the others did not. Here's your chance to identify them. Will you get a victory on this quiz or falter under the pressure?

Lamar Jackson has been lighting up the stat sheet since the first game of the 2019 season with which team?

Though some questioned his passing ability, Lamar Jackson proved the critics wrong in just the first game of the 2019 season. Throwing for five touchdowns, Jackson only had three incompletions the entire game as the Baltimore Ravens blew out the Miami Dolphins 59-10.


Eli Manning threw for over 300 yards in the first game of the 2019 season. Who did he start for?

Though Eli Manning got the starting spot in the first game of the season, that role was eventually taken over by Daniel Jones. Having been the starter for the New York Giants since 2004, the fact that Manning was replaced means that 2019 is the end of an era in "The Big Apple."


An injury eventually took Ben Roethlisberger off the field in 2019, but where did he start Week 1?

The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to stick with Ben Roethlisberger coming into 2019 despite locker room concerns from the year prior. However, Roethlisberger has been the longtime team leader, and the two other problematic players were both shipped out of town as the team put its trust in the veteran quarterback.


Few quarterbacks have been as consistent as Russell Wilson throughout the 2019 season, including in Week 1. Who does he play for?

Russell Wilson came into the NFL as a game manager with the Seattle Seahawks, playing that role as the Seahawks went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII. However, he has since evolved into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, consistently in the MVP conversation as he racks up wins year after year.


Can you identify the team where Baker Mayfield was supposed to be the biggest star in decades after starting Week 1?

After adding Odell Beckham Jr. in the offseason, the Cleveland Browns were supposed to have a high-powered offense led by Baker Mayfield. That offense didn't show up Week 1, putting up only 13 points as Mayfield threw three interceptions and only one touchdown.


Where has Kirk Cousins been trying to prove his worth since the first game in 2019?

Kirk Cousins threw only 10 passes in the opening game of the 2019 season, but it was enough to get a win for the Minnesota Vikings. Cousins was able to secure the win by relying on his run game and defense while not turning the ball over.


Can you identify the team that decided to go with Carson Wentz over Nick Foles to start the 2019 season?

The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Carson Wentz with the second pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Knowing how much they had invested in their young quarterback, the team decided to stick with him coming into the 2019 season despite a history of injuries that have kept him out of the playoffs the past two seasons.


How familiar are you with the team that gave Josh Allen a start in Week 1 of 2019?

The Buffalo Bills faced off against a divisional rival in the New York Jets to kick off the 2019 regular season. Despite throwing two interceptions, Josh Allen was able to do enough to get a one-point victory over the Jets.


Coming off a loss in the Super Bowl, Jared Goff took back up the reins for what NFL team?

Viewed as a potential bust after a horrible rookie season, Jared Goff's career with the Los Angeles Rams turned around when Sean McVay was hired as the head coach of the Rams in 2017. Since then, Goff has made back to back Pro Bowls coming into the 2019 season, and he'll look to continue that success moving forward.


Aaron Rodgers got a tough win in the first game of the 2019 season playing for what team?

Following the 2007 season, the Green Bay Packers had to make the tough choice of moving on from longtime quarterback Brett Favre. However, they had a future Hall of Famer sitting on the bench in Aaron Rodgers, which made their decision much easier.


Are you familiar with the team that gave Sam Darnold the start in the first game of 2019?

The New York Jets came into the 2019 season having not made the playoffs since 2010. Things didn't start off well in 2019, as the Jets lost the first game of the season against the Buffalo Bills with Sam Darnold struggling to show he could be a franchise quarterback.


What team is still trying to find out if Derek Carr is their quarterback of the future?

Derek Carr was on an upward trajectory with the Oakland Raiders after being drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. However, his numbers have tailed off in recent years, as Oakland has gone through several changes including hiring head coach Jon Gruden in 2018.


At 42 years old, Tom Brady came into the season as the starter for which team?

The New England Patriots came into the 2019 season off a Super Bowl victory. Tom Brady led the charge on offense in the Super Bowl to earn his sixth NFL championship, the most all time for any NFL player.


Are you familiar with the veteran quarterback Drew Brees and the team he started for in Week 1?

When Drew Brees went to New Orleans in 2006, he completely reinvigorated the franchise, immediately becoming an impact player. By the time the 2019 season came around, Brees was the all-time leader in career passing yards, career passing completions and career completion percentage.


Name the team that Patrick Mahomes, the 2018 MVP, started the 2019 season with.

In Week 1 of the 2019 season, Patrick Mahomes picked up where he left off the year prior. Facing off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in that matchup, Mahomes completed over 75 percent of his passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns, proving his 2018 season wasn't a fluke.


What team had high hopes with Dak Prescott as its starter in 2019?

The Dallas Cowboys were a favorite for many analysts coming into the 2019 season, and much of the hype was related to Dak Prescott, who was playing for a new contract. The Cowboys backed up the hype in the first game of the season, defeating their divisional rival, the New York Giants, 35-17.


Do you know where Jimmy Garoppolo was able to display his talent after coming off an ACL injury from 2018?

Since getting traded from the New England Patriots to the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, Jimmy Garoppolo has put up a winning record as the starting quarterback for the 49ers. That includes a victory in Week 1 of the 2019 season over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Matthew Stafford has received many starts throughout his career. Who did he start the 2019 season with?

Since missing most of the 2010 season, Matthew Stafford has proved to be an iron man for the Detroit Lions, having not missed another game as he came into the 2019 season. Week 1 would be no different, as Stafford suited up to show that availability was his path to success.


Matt Ryan is trying to get back to the Super Bowl playing for which team in 2019?

Matt Ryan and the offense for the Atlanta Falcons were shut out for most of the season opener, not scoring until the fourth quarter rolled around. Ryan did put up two touchdowns in the fourth, but it was much too late to make a comeback.


Do you know which team acquired Joe Flacco in the offseason so he could start the 2019 season?

Joe Flacco was subpar on his new team, the Denver Broncos, in the first game of the season against the Oakland Raiders. Flacco completed 21 of his 31 passes for 268 yards but only finished with one touchdown as the Broncos went down 24-16.


Case Keenum put on a strong performance in Week 1 of the 2019 season playing for which team?

The Washington Redskins acquired Case Keenum prior to the 2019 season in a trade with the Denver Broncos for a sixth-round draft pick. Keenum was hot in his debut for the Redskins, throwing for three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to get the win.


Bolstered by an elite defense, select the team that Mitchell Trubisky has led on offense in 2019.

The Chicago Bears have been up and down on Mitchell Trubisky because he's a developing quarterback on a team with a defense ready to win now. Their concerns were proven correct when the Bears offense only put up three points in the first game of the 2019 season.


After learning about the retirement of Andrew Luck prior to the 2019 season, what team gave Jacoby Brissett the start in Week 1?

Andrew Luck surprised the entire football world when he decided to retire just weeks before the start of the 2019 regular season at the age of 29. That left Jacoby Brissett to take up the reins, but luckily, he had plenty of experience after filling in for an injured Luck in 2017.


How well do you know the team that got a victory in Week 1 behind the arm of Marcus Mariota?

Since drafting Marcus Mariota in 2015, the Tennessee Titans have struggled to find consistency from their young quarterback. In Week 1, however, Mariota showed why he was the second overall draft pick, throwing for 248 yards and three touchdowns to help the Titans get a victory.


Where has Deshaun Watson shown that he's the future of the franchise?

After winning a national championship in college, Deshaun Watson was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. It took Watson half a year to get the starting job, but once he did, he was off to the races, even coming into the 2019 season as a favorite for the NFL MVP.


Though slightly reluctant, do you know the team that decided to go with Jameis Winston to start the 2019 season?

Jameis Winston's play on the field really hasn't been good enough to justify his off-field behavior. However, that didn't stop the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from giving him the start in the opening game of the season, but their decision didn't pay off with a win.


Can you identify the team that came into another season with Andy Dalton as the starter?

Week 1 of the 2019 season was the start of a horrible losing streak for the Cincinnati Bengals, as they sent down 21-20 to the Seattle Seahawks. After eight straight losses, the Bengals benched Andy Dalton but put him back in the starting lineup when they were 0-11, finally getting their first win against the New York Jets.


Name the team that struggled Week 1 behind the arm of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins were not prepared for the offensive onslaught from the Baltimore Ravens in the first game of the regular season. By the end of the first half, the score was already 42-10, and there was nothing Fitzpatrick could do to get his team back in the game.


Cam Newton came into the 2019 season hoping to stay healthy after several injury-plagued years with what team?

Cam Newton only got to play the first two games of the 2019 season before the injury bug started taking its toll again. Eventually, it was revealed that a foot injury would keep Newton out the entire 2019 season.


Select the team that started Week 1 with its rookie quarterback, Kyler Murray?

Viewed as an undersized athlete, the book was still out on Kyler Murray when Week 1 of the regular season rolled around. The Arizona Cardinals weren't shy about letting him throw the football, though, as he finished the game with 54 pass attempts for 308 yards, showing why he was worthy of being the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.


Nick Foles won a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, but the team later let him go elsewhere. Where did he end up to start 2019?

With a stout defense in years prior, the Jacksonville Jaguars thought they were a quarterback away from making a run at a championship. Sadly, their hopes were dashed when Nick Foles got injured the first game of the season in what would be a losing effort.


Match veteran quarterback Philip Rivers to the team he started for in Week 1.

The Los Angeles Chargers were picked by many analysts to make a run at the Super Bowl in 2019, primarily because of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers. Though the rest of the season hasn't played out as well, Rivers was good in Week 1, passing for 333 yards and three touchdowns.


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