Gordon Sets Record in Loss to Jaguars
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns were looking to snap a two-game losing streak Sunday as they hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Browns got off to a good start in the first quarter when the offense scored on its opening possession for the first time this season after forcing Jacksonville to punt on their opening possession.
Brandon Weeden, who is playing for the injured Jason Campbell at QB, found WR Josh Gordon for a 46-yard pass down the sideline, setting up the Browns with a first-and-goal situation. With the catch, Gordon went over 1,000 yards for the season, the first time for a Browns player since 2007.
Willis McGahee later ran the ball in for the 1-yard TD, just the second rushing TD of the season for the Browns. Jacksonville responded with a TD of their own when Chad Henne hit Clay Harbor on an 18-yard pass to tie the game at 7-7 after the first quarter.
The Browns faced another second quarter meltdown, trailing Jacksonville 20-14 at the half. Two Weeden interceptions and a fumble led to 13 unanswered points for the Jaguars in the second quarter. The Browns scored their second TD of the game when Weeden found Gordon in the corner of the end zone.
Weeden recovered from a rough second quarter to lead the Browns on a TD drive to take a 21-20 lead over Jacksonville. Weeden hit Greg Little in the back of the end zone for the lone third quarter points. Billy Cundiff missed a 53-yard FG late in the third quarter, which would have extended the Browns lead.
The Browns lost Gordon to a head injury on a wicked hit during Cleveland’s TD drive. Gordon was evaluated for his injury and later returned to the game.
The Browns appeared to be in control of the fourth quarter when Gordon took a 95-yard pass from Weeden to the end zone, but Jacksonville responded with another TD for the 32-28 win.
While the Browns left the field with a loss, Josh Gordon had something to celebrate: he is now the first WR in NFL history with back-to-back 200-yard games.
The Browns may have to turn to newly-signed QB Alex Tanney in Week 14. Brandon Weeden was treated after the game for concussion-like symptoms.