Reeling Falcons in even more trouble with Julio Jones out long-term

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a one-handed catch behind New York Jets...

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a one-handed catch behind New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) during NFL play at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 PM ET

The Falcons’ Tony Gonzalez isn’t ready to ride quietly into the sunset just yet.

And, Steelers safety Ryan Clark believes his team will be in the playoffs despite being winless.

Both may be looking at the NFL world through rose-colored glasses. But until someone actually knocks them off, it really is their only option.

The real world is not a happy, pleasant place at the moment. Both teams find themselves in unfamiliar territory, faced with seasons that are going in the wrong direction.

Atlanta is in a 1-4 free-fall. The Steelers are 0-4. And, nobody is quite sure when either will hit bottom.

“What are we going to do? Sit here and feel sorry for ourselves? I’m not going to throw my hands up and say the season’s over,” Gonzalez told reporters after the loss Monday to the Jets. “We still have a lot of football left to play, and I’m going to believe.

“And I expect my teammates to believe that we can turn this thing around after this bye week and get


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