- Pat McManamon, ESPN Staff Writer
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"That's the surprising part," Gordon said after the Browns' 38-31 loss. "They just played Cover 2, pretty basic defense. We just missed a few plays."
A frustrating day for Gordon concluded with him making a touchdown reception with 59 seconds left, turning and walking right to the Browns' bench.
"The coming-from-behind thing takes a toll on you," Gordon said.
After Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron were so productive in New England -- 16 catches for 272 yards and two touchdowns -- they combined for six catches for 90 yards against the Bears.
And in the first half, Gordon had one pass thrown to him -- which ticked off his fingertips as he tried to reach, wide open over the middle.
"It's just frustrating," Gordon said. "But it's a part of the game. Sometimes we click a little earlier, sometimes we don't."
"It's one of those things," Cameron said. "The options weren't there and we got to take advantage of them when they are."
Gordon had an NFL-record 774 receiving yards over the previous four weeks, which makes any game he doesn't get under 100 noteworthy. The 67 yards were his third-lowest total in a game this season.
He had a couple times he couldn't make a catch, a couple times Jason Campbell missed him and other times Campbell didn't go to him.
The Browns said the slow start was because they only had the ball six plays in the first quarter.
"It wasn't for a lack of trying or a lack of wanting to get Josh the ball," coach Rob Chudzinski said, adding that sometimes a player gets the ball in spurts (in New England, 109 of Gordon's yards came in the second half).
"As a quarterback you are always trying to get him involved," Campbell said. "In the first quarter, I'm not sure how many plays we had, maybe three or six. So we never really got a rhythm going early in the game. As a rhythm team you tend to score more points and get everyone involved, but you look up and the end of the first quarter has already come and gone."
Gordon, though, is by far the Browns' best player.
And on a third down from the Bears' 18-yard line in the first quarter, Campbell chose to throw underneath to Davone Bess instead to the corner of the end zone to Gordon, who was open.
Bess dropped the ball, and the Browns got a field goal.
By the fourth quarter Gordon was gesturing in frustration as third-down throws were broken up. By game's end Gordon had been targeted 10 times, Chicago's Brandon Marshall 13. Gordon touched the ball three times, newly signed running back Edwin Baker 12.
On Saturday, Gordon was involved in a minor car accident on an interstate outside Cleveland when his car had to swerve to avoid a skidding car in front of him. His car needed to be towed off the icy highway.
Nobody was injured.
Gordon said the accident was scary, but it had nothing to do with the game, just like he said the wind, cold and bad footing had nothing to do with it.
For the first time in a while, he simply did not have a superstar's game.