32 things we learned from Week 9 of the 2018 NFL season

BALTIMORE — The 32 things we learned from Week 9 of the 2018 NFL season … with a little extra flavor from our coverage of the Steelers' win over the Ravens: 

1. Spoiler alert: The Saints will rise one spot to No. 1 in our next installment of power rankings after spoiling the Rams' bid for perfection. (And kudos to my USA TODAY NFL colleagues as four predicted a New Orleans victory, and three think the Saints will win the Super Bowl.) Who Dat?

2. Also, we're not big fans of "lifetime achievement" influencing individual awards in any season, but it sure would be nice to see Drew Brees finally win league MVP honors … and he's definitely deserving at this point. His 76.3 completion percentage is well ahead of record pace, and his 120.6 passer rating is just a touch off the single-season mark held by Aaron Rodgers (122.5).

3. Is Saints WR Michael Thomas the league's most underrated player? Maybe not after putting up a franchise record 211 receiving yards on CB Marcus Peters (mostly) and the Rams. And maybe not now that Thomas has taken a page from the Joe Horn self promotion manual.

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