Browns' Gordon makes NFL history

Browns' Gordon makes NFL history
December 1, 2013, 9:45 pm
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The Browns are in such dire straits that not even a historic performance by wide receiver Josh Gordon can lift them to victory.

It’s not hyperbole to say that Gordon made NFL history on Sunday in Cleveland’s 32-28 loss to the Jaguars. With 261 yards receiving following last week’s 237 against the Steelers, he became the first man to ever put together back-to-back 200-yard receiving games.

Yet it wasn’t enough in either game, each a defeat for the Browns.

“The only people truly happy with the results of Gordon’s efforts are those bright enough to have him on their fantasy rosters,” wrote Vic Carucci of Browns.com. “For the Browns, his numbers are, well, just numbers because the rest of the team simply doesn’t have what it takes to win, even against inferior competition.”

Gordon said he couldn’t fully enjoy his results because of the losses.

“Individually, it’s great,” Gordon said (via The Plain Dealer). “If this was one of those individual sports, you could [appreciate it more]."

Gordon is 40 yards shy of the team record for receiving yards, Braylon Edwards’ 1,289 in 2007. That was over 16 games. The Browns have four games left, and Gordon missed the first two under a drug suspension. Plus, Gordon has achieved his numbers with Cleveland’s revolving door at quarterback — Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell — constantly changing because of injury and performance issues.

Bud Shaw of The Plain Dealer said Gordon is just serving to underline how bad things are for the club.

“[Gordon] quietly said the numbers were fine but that ‘it’s all about winning.’ … Well, I’m afraid Gordon has come to the wrong place then. I’d suggest a change of identity and a relocation for him if winning is his thing. … So he’ll have to settle for being the latest — and most conclusive — measure of how ridiculous life can become in this forsaken football town. The Browns can’t win with this guy producing 498 receiving yards and three touchdowns in two weeks?”