Gordon makes history with back-to-back 200-yard games
CLEVELAND – Browns receiver Josh Gordon made history Sunday by becoming the first player in NFL history to record receiving yards of at least 200 yards in two consecutive games.
Gordon hauled in 10 passes from quarterback Brandon Weeden for 261 yards and two touchdowns in a 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It follows his performance of a week earlier against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he caught 14 passes for 238 yards and one touchdown.
It was hard for Gordon to accept credit for his performance in the aftermath of a third straight loss and the sixth loss in the last seven games.
“I really can’t,” Gordon said. “For us it’s all about winning this one. It’s what we came here to do. We expect to (win) every Sunday, but as a group we couldn’t get it done, and that’s what matters most to me.”
Gordon, who has 1,249 yards on the season, is closing in on Braylon Edwards’ 2007 single-season team record of 1,289. He moved ahead of Webster Slaughter for second on the list. Slaughter had 1,236 yards in 1989.
Gordon’s total of 498 in the last two games is the most in NFL history, breaking the record of Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (484). Gordon registered 623 yards in the last three games, breaking the previous NFL record of 612 set by Charley Hennigan of the Houston Oilers in 1961.
In addition, Gordon is the third Brown to record three games of at least 100 yards in a season. Gary Collins (1965) and Slaughter (1989) are the only others to achieve that feat.
Gordon left the field for evaluation after taking an illegal hit to the head area in the third quarter. He returned to a loud round of cheers from the crowd and went on to have a catch and run of 99 yards.
“He got me on the chin, but I felt fine,” Gordon said. “Nothing was wrong with me. I wasn’t concussed. I told them I could go back out there.”
WHO’S NEXT?: The Browns’ battered corps of quarterbacks took another hit when Brandon Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion after the game. Per NFL rules, Weeden wasn’t allowed to talk to the media.
A team spokesman didn’t know when Weeden suffered the concussion. There were no details Sunday night about the possibility of backup Alex Tanney starting Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Weeden started in place of Jason Campbell, who suffered a concussion against the Steelers. It’s not known if Campbell will be ready to play next Sunday.
IT’S ON EVERYONE: Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson came to the aid of cornerback Joe Haden, who was beaten by Cecil Shorts on a 20-yard scoring play that proved to be the winning points late in the fourth quarter.
“To put it on one man would be a crime,” Jackson said. “That play was on our entire defense. I have the utmost respect for Joe. He’s made a ton of plays for us. There were other areas of the game where we could have played better. We have to do a better job of playing complementary football, and we didn’t do enough of that today.”
BIG NUMBERS: Weeden passed for 370 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions on a 24-of-40 performance. The yardage total ranks eighth in Browns’ history. It was the fourth 300-yard game of Weeden’s career.
FIRST TIME: Rookie linebacker Darius Eubanks made the first start of his NFL career in place of the injured Tank Carder. Carder started the previous week for Craig Robertson, who missed a second straight game with a knee injury.
Eubanks was credited with six tackles.
INJURY REPORT: Backup linebacker George Martin suffered a head injury on a punt return in the first quarter and didn’t return. Linebacker Brandon Magee suffered a chest injury and didn’t return.
INACTIVES: Sidelined for the Browns were Campbell; Robertson and Carder; offensive linemen Martin Wallace, Garrett Gilkey and Reid Fragel, and defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen.