Monday, December 3, 2012
Upon Further Review: Browns
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Cleveland Browns' 20-17 win at the Oakland Raiders:
Of all the Browns' moves to improve the offense this year, none had better value than the one that landed Josh Gordon.
Cleveland used a second-round pick in the supplemental draft on Gordon, who has played like a first-round prospect this season. On Sunday, he set career highs in receptions (six) and receiving yards (116).
What the Browns have desperately needed was an explosive element to the offense. Gordon has been the perfect compliment to Brandon Weeden's strong arm with all five of his touchdowns going 20 yards or longer.
He is the first Browns rookie to record five or more receiving touchdowns since Andre' Davis, who had six in 2002. He is the first Browns player to have that many receiving touchdowns in a single season since 2007, when tight end Kellen Winslow and wide receiver Braylon Edwards reached that mark.
STAT THAT STICKS: 7 -- Trent Richardson's rushing touchdowns this season, which are tied for the second-most by a Browns rookie. Only Jim Brown had more. Brown scored nine rushing touchdowns as a rookie in 1957.
OVERHEARD: "We kind of got the monkey off our backs. We've been close a couple of times on the road and we lost to good teams. We came out here, had the three-hour time difference, the weather, and we were able to get it done. It will give us confidence moving forward." -- Quarterback Brandon Weeden on ending the team's 12-game losing streak on the road.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Browns (4-8) return home to play the Chiefs (2-10), who ended an eight-game losing streak with a win over Carolina.