Why Patrick Mahomes vs. Lamar Jackson feels like Brady vs. Manning

Ravens, Lamar Jackson (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Ravens, Lamar Jackson (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

For over a decade in the NFL, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were the top two quarterbacks in football. Patrick Mahomes vs. Lamar Jackson may be the next big quarterback rivalry of our lifetime:

Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson are the two most exciting quarterbacks in the NFL. Watching football on television is a great way to spend a Sunday, yet with these two players you just have to buy a ticket to see them live. There is a new wave of quarterback talent sweeping the NFL.

For years we had the Brady vs. Manning argument. Brady had the Super Bowl rings. Manning had the more impressive stats. Playoff success came immediately for Brady. Manning took years before he had playoff success. Brady always had the New England Patriots as a power in the AFC. Manning always had the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos primed for a trip to the postseason. They were the two best quarterbacks. While they respected each other as perennial MVP contenders, there was a rivalry for the ages between them.

With Manning’s career in the rear view mirror, and Brady’s future in New England in doubt, the new era will begin with the new decade. Whether Brady knows it or not, the torch has been passed to Mahomes and Jackson. Mahomes won the MVP award last season and has now taken the Chiefs to the Super Bowl. He’s the new Brady. Jackson is quite possibly the 2019 MVP and he is probably the most exciting player in the league. He’s the new Manning.

Jackson has faced off against Mahomes and the Chiefs twice. In both games, the Chiefs were the ones who prevailed. The dynamic between Mahomes and Jackson is mirroring the start of Brady vs. Manning. It seems inevitable that the Ravens and Chiefs will start a rivalry in the NFL playoffs, in the coming years.

When the Ravens play the Chiefs it carries the same exact weight and anticipation as a Patriots vs. Colts clash once had. Get ready for the Ravens vs. Chiefs to be the next big rivalry in sports.

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Jackson and Mahomes will define the next decade of NFL football. They will be superstar talents. Because of that the Chiefs aren’t going anywhere and neither are the Ravens. They are the two most talked about players in the league. Jackson had more 2019 Pro Bowl votes than any player. Mahomes was on the cover of Madden 20 and he’s an elite superstar. The way they do it is a lot different from Brady and Manning. It’s a new day in the NFL, yet the dynamic between the top two quarterbacks remains incredibly similar.

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In 15 years we will still be having the Mahomes vs. Jackson debate. It’s not going away anytime soon. While Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers are incredible, Mahomes and Jackson are the two most dynamic quarterbacks. The rate that Jackson improved in one offseason is incredible. We haven’t seen the best football yet. Mahomes is just getting started and has put together an incredible two years of quarterback play. It’s just getting started. Mahomes vs. Jackson is the new Brady vs. Manning.