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Posted Dec 19, 2013

The Cleveland Browns end the season with back-to-back road games, starting with Sunday’s contest against the New York Jets.

The Cleveland Browns travel to New Jersey for the second-to-last game of the 2013 regular season Sunday against the New York Jets.

The Browns carry a 4-10 record into Sunday’s game after a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium last weekend. At 6-8, the Jets are looking to rebound from last Sunday’s 30-20 loss at the Carolina Panthers.

Despite a 26-20, overtime loss to the Jets when the teams met three years ago on Nov. 14, 2010 at then-Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Browns have won two of the last three meetings with the Jets, as well as their last two road games in the series.

The Browns are 12-8-0 all-time against the Jets, and hold a 4-2-0 record in road games in the series. Including the 2007 meeting, the Browns have not lost a road game to the Jets since returning to the NFL in 1999. They are 2-0 in road games during that time.

As this year’s game unfolds, there are several things to keep an eye on:

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon leads the Browns with 1,467 yards and nine touchdowns, and is second to tight end Jordan Cameron with 74 receptions despite missing the first two games of the season while serving a league-mandated suspension.

The 1,467 receiving yards are already a single-season franchise record, and of his 14 career touchdown receptions, Gordon has scored from 20 or more yards on 13 of those catches. In 28 games with the Browns, Gordon has gained a franchise-best 2,271 receiving yards, and his 74 catches in 2013 rank him eighth on the team’s single-season receptions list.

After breaking and resetting the franchise record for receiving yards in back-to-back weeks (Nov. 24 against Pittsburgh and Dec. 1 against Jacksonville), Gordon totaled 151 yards and one touchdown, an 80-yard score, against the New England Patriots two weeks ago. In doing so, Gordon broke Braylon Edwards’ team record for receiving yards in a single season (1,289).

In the past five weeks, Gordon has gained 841 yards, and now owns NFL records for the most yards in a two-game (498), three-game (623) and four-game stretch (774). And his back-to-back 200-yard receiving games against the Steelers and Jaguars were a first in NFL history.

Gordon ranks first in the NFL in receiving yards, receiving yards-per-game average (122.2), longest catch (95-yard touchdown against Jacksonville), longest touchdown, receptions of 20 (25) and 40 (nine) or more yards and tied for 10th in receiving touchdowns.

With a touchdown Sunday, Gordon would become the first Browns player with a scoring catch in six straight games since Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Warfield in 1968. A 200-yard receiving game would give him three on the season, tying an NFL record held by Charley Hennigan of the Houston Oilers, who set the mark in 1961.

Jordan Cameron. Cameron leads the Browns with 75 catches, which ranks seventh on the team’s single-season receptions list.

Cameron has turned those 75 receptions into 848 yards and seven touchdowns. By catching a touchdown from Jason Campbell against the Patriots two weeks ago, Cameron became the first Browns player ever to catch a touchdown from four different players in a single season.

He has caught touchdowns from Campbell, Brian Hoyer, and Brandon Weeden, as well as punter Spencer Lanning on a fake field goal attempt in a 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Cameron’s 75 receptions and 848 yards are the second-most in the NFL among tight ends this season. His seven touchdowns are tied for fifth and 45 first-down receptions are third in the NFL among tight ends.

The seven touchdowns are the second-most by a Browns tight end in a single season. With the four-yard touchdown reception against the Patriots, Cameron passed  Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome for the second-most touchdowns by a tight end in a single season. Newsome holds the record of nine touchdowns, which he set in 1979.

Defensive back Joe Haden. Haden has defended 65 passes in 56 career games, an average of 1.16 per game since the 2010 season. That is the second-highest average of any NFL player with at least 50 career pass breakups since the start of the 1994 season.

Outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard. The Browns’ sack leader in each of his first two seasons, Sheard is a sack away from becoming the first Cleveland defender since Anthony Pleasant in 1995 to record a sack in four straight games.

Sheard currently leads the Browns with 5.5 sacks, and has registered 21 since joining the team in 2011.

Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas. Thomas has started each of the 110 games and taken 6,795 consecutive snaps since being selected by the Browns with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Thomas is tied for the third-longest streak of consecutive starts among active NFL offensive linemen.

Cleveland center Alex Mack. Since joining the Browns as a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Mack has started 78 straight games, and begun 4,870 consecutive plays for the team.

Jets running backs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. Ivory and Powell have had a successful platoon system out of the Jets’ backfield this season. Powell leads the team with 705 yards, including a 69-yard run, and three touchdowns on 157 carries, while Ivory, who signed with the Jets after spending his first three NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints, has gained 567 yards and scored one touchdown on his 148 attempts.

Powell ranks second on the team with 31 receptions, which has turned into 250 yards.

New York quarterback Geno Smith. Smith has completed 210 of 380 attempts (55.3 percent) for 2,642 yards and 10 touchdowns, but has thrown 21 interceptions and been sacked 43 times for 315 lost yards in his rookie season.

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilkerson ranks fourth on the Jets with 39 solo stops, but of those tackles, 10 have resulted in sacks. Wilkerson, the team’s sacks leader, has also forced two fumbles on the season.

The Browns end the 2013 season next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8, third place in the AFC North Division) at Heinz Field. The Jets conclude their regular-season slate at the Miami Dolphins (8-6, second place in the AFC East) at SunLife Stadium next Sunday.

CONNECTIONS

Browns running back Dion Lewis (Albany/Albany High School), offensive lineman Martin Wallace (New York, NY/ The Beacon School) and defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi (Queens, NY/SUNY-Stony Brook) are New York natives.

Cioffi was a staff assistant with the Jets from 1993-94.

Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was a first-round pick of the Browns in the 2004 NFL Draft. During his five-year career with the Browns (2004-2008), Winslow caught 214 passes for 2,459 yards and 13 touchdowns. He tied a franchise record with 89 catches in 2006.

New York wide receiver Joshua Cribbs was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2005 after a record-setting career as a quarterback at Kent State University. During his time with the Browns, Cribbs caught 107 passes for 1,161 yards and seven touchdowns, but made his biggest impact on special teams.

The three-time Pro Bowler had 10,015 kickoff return yards, which was sixth on the NFL’s all-time list before the season started. His eight kickoff returns for touchdowns with the Browns are tied for an NFL record and he added three more scores on punt returns.

Jets tight ends Konrad Reuland (Springfield) and Jeff Cumberland (Columbus/Brookhaven H.S.), center Nick Mangold (Centerville/Kettering Archbishop Alter), and guard Brian Winters (Hudson) are Ohio natives.

Cribbs and Winters (Kent State), wide receivers Santonio Holmes (The Ohio State University) and Vidal Hazleton (University of Cincinnati), Mangold (Ohio State), and Ivory (Tiffin University) went to college in Ohio.

Jets coach Rex Ryan was the defensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati from 1996-97.

Tight ends/assistant offensive line coach Mike Devlin was the offensive line coach at the University of Toledo from 2004-05.

Tight ends coach Steve Hagen held the same position with the Browns from 2001-03, and again, from 2009-12. He also coached the Browns’ quarterbacks in 2004 and was on Kent State’s staff in 1991.

Jets assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn was the Browns’ running backs coach from 2007-08.

MEDIA

Fans can watch Sunday’s game at 1 p.m./ET on local CBS affiliate, WOIO-TV 19 as Marv Albert (play-by-play) and former NFL MVP Rich Gannon (color analyst) call the action.

The game is also available along the PNC Bank Cleveland Browns Radio Network with Jim Donovan, former Browns left tackle Doug Dieken, and Jamir Howerton on the call.

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