Yep, the defense has been the strength of the team this year. Certainly if measured by consistency.
The issues with the Falcons is not their 2011 defense, but it's their 2012 defense. Will they be able to maintain and/or build off the gains they've made this year, particularly with significant potential for turnover up front and in the secondary. The Falcons pass defense went from below average last year to above average this year. Will they regress next year?
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.