NFL fans have been fiercely debating whether Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is better than his Baltimore Ravens counterpart Lamar Jackson.
The conversation was sparked on Sunday when Watson became just the second quarterback to beat Tom Brady's New England Patriots this season, throwing three touchdowns in a 28-22 victory.
Jackson was the other QB to beat last year's Super Bowl champions, throwing one touchdown and running in two more when the Pats visited the M&T Bank Stadium in November.
The Patriots were seen off 37-20 by the Ravens, with 22-year-old Jackson solidifying his position as the front-runner for this year's MVP award.
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The 2018 first-round draft pick has taken the NFL by storm in his second season and can confirm the Ravens' spot in the playoffs with a win over the Buffalo Bills at the weekend, if the Pittsburgh Steelers slip up against the Arizona Cardinals.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson looks to be second to Jackson in the MVP race currently, but the debate raging this week was over the Ravens' star and Watson and which would turn out to be the better quarterback during their time in the league.
After Watson heroics against the Patriots on Sunday, one fan wrote: "They will probably delete my account for this and I will most likely turn up missing tomorrow but Deshaun Watson had a better passer rating against the Patriots defense than Lamar Jackson. It was nice knowing you all."
While another overtly added: "Deshaun Watson is better than Lamar Jackson. Please @ me."
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A third fan wrote: "Possibly an unpopular opinion: Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson are both pretty great, but Watson is better."
While another tweeted: "Deshaun Watson is or will be a better overall QB than Lamar Jackson."
A fifth fan even added Patrick Mahomes into the mix, pushing Jackson further down their list of quarterbacks. They posted: "Watson > Mahomes > Jackson."
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Ravens fans were unsurprisingly unhappy with such opinions and many took to social media to defend their star performer.
One fan wrote: "I better NEVER hear someone say Deshaun Watson is better than Lamar."
While another added: "Guy at work is always on about how Deshaun Watson is a better QB than Lamar Jackson. All I gotta say is… scoreboard."
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A third supporter tweeted: "Watson's playing style is more sustainable than Jackson's, but Jackson's better right now."
While another posted a gif showing their displeasure with the caption: "Just saw a tweet saying that Deshaun Watson is better than Lamar Jackson."
Other fans were just happy to see both players lighting up the league as one supporter summed up by writing: "Glad Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes are setting a new standard for NFL QB’s."
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