Don't believe me? Fair enough. If you look at it quarter by quarter, then sure, we're wildly inconsistent.
But I think you should give this Football Outsiders article a read, because it contains this noteworthy gem:
Atlanta ends up with a variance of 4.6%, which makes the Falcons the most consistent week-to-week team in DVOA history. Amazingly, the second most consistent week-to-week team in DVOA history was last year's Falcons at 4.9%.
If you're not a believer in DVOA, then
I hate your face I'm assuming you'll disregard this statistical anomaly in its entirety. I won't.
Why? Because it emphasizes one very important - if somewhat unbelievable - fact. This team is for real. We're not a fluke. Now we just need to maintain and improve. And I'll tell you what: I'm OK with that.
We may not make a deep run in this year's playoffs, but absent some ridiculous regression, we'll be in the hunt for years to come.