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Comparing Lamar Jackson to Patrick Mahomes is Unfair

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 09:  Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs shakes hands with quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens after the Chiefs defeated the Ravens 27-24 in overtime to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 09, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens v Kansas City Chiefs | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson set the Los Angeles Rams defense on fire, as he threw five touchdown passes on just over 20 attempts in a beatdown on Monday Night Football.

It's easy to make the comparison between Jackson and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but these two are so radically different that any attempt at linking the two is totally missing the point.

Mahomes, the league's most special arm talent, has mastered Andy Reid's vertical dropback offense, while Jackson is the focal point of Greg Roman's unique offense that has him putting up record-breaking numbers.

Lamar will slither all over the field as a runner, while Mahomes hangs in the pocket and chucks it 70 yards downfield. These two might be the future of the AFC, but their offenses are so schematically different it's hard to compare them as passers.

If Jackson has proven anything, it's that you don't have to conform to a predetermined style to play quarterback at this level.

Don't keep comparing the two, just acknowledge that these two titans are equally dominant in uniquely different ways and appreciate them for what they are.