After Baltimore beat New England in the AFC title game, a Patriots player, long after the game ended, made an honest and blunt assessment of the Ravens.
"That team is going to be a pain in the ass for a long time," the player explained.
A long, long, long, long, long time.
If there is a franchise that's the logical candidate to be the next great dynasty, there isn't a better choice than the Baltimore Ravens. They are the best bet to replace the Patriots as the NFL's most steady winner. A great bet. Maybe a sure bet. Locking up Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco for the next six years helps those odds.