The lone bright spot in the Cleveland Browns’ 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium was the play of wide receiver
Gordon caught 14 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown, breaking Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome’s team record for the most receiving yards in a game, tying Newsome for the most receptions in a single game, and surpassing Braylon Edwards’ mark for the most 100-yard receiving games in a single season by a Browns player.
“Josh obviously played and had a big game, and has been playing at a high level,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said.
Gordon broke the record for the most 100-yard receiving games in a single season with a 47-yard catch from quarterback
He surpassed Newsome’s mark for yards in a game with a 16-yard reception on first-and-10 from Pittsburgh’s 17-yard line with four minutes to play. Two plays later, Gordon caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Weeden.
On the Browns’ last possession of the fourth quarter, Gordon equaled Newsome’s record for most receptions in a game.
Chudzinski said he felt as though the fact that Gordon playing hard to the end of the game despite a 24-point deficit was indicative of the entire team’s performance.
“I think everyone played and continued to play hard and competed,” Chudzinski said. “We were able to get where we were within two scores and an onside kick. I didn’t see any quitting out there at all today. That’s just not this team, and that’s why I expect them to respond. The character of those guys in that locker room, they will respond.”
By gaining more than 100 yards against the Steelers, Gordon became the first Browns player since Edwards in 2006 to register back-to-back 100-yard receiving games.
“Josh is a good talent, a good route-runner,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “He’s got a great feel for running routes, reading defenses and stuff like that. (Offensive coordinator) Norv (Turner) does a great job of drawing up plays to try to get him the ball because he’s a big asset for this offense. He’s a big-time playmaker, and as the quarterback, you know where those guys are at all times.”
Despite all of his individual success, Gordon said he would have traded all of the statistics for the most important number, in his mind, a mark in the win column for the Browns.
“It’s all well and good for myself, but it means nothing to me if we can’t win the game,” Gordon said. “If we can’t win the game, I could care less about it, honestly. It’s a great thing for me as a young player, but what we came out here to do is win games, especially in the conference. The fact that we couldn’t get it done, to me, it’s all for nothing.
“It’s great and everything for me, as a wide receiver, to get that experience, but if we can’t go out there and win, I don’t really care about it.”