Sunday, December 8, 2013
Gordon's record-setting stretch continues
By Pat McManamon
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Josh Gordon continues to set new standards for himself, and the league.
Gordon had his fourth amazing game in a row in the Cleveland Browns' 27-26 loss to New England, accounting for 37 percent of the Browns' offense with 151 yards receiving and 34 rushing on a reverse.
Going up against Patriots CB Aqib Talib, Josh Gordon creates room to run. The Browns' WR finished Sunday's game with 185 total yards.
The 34 yards led the Browns.
Gordon also scored an 80-yard touchdown, giving him touchdowns the past two weeks of 95 and 80 yards. Both were eye-opening, as he ran away from defenders with what looks like little effort.
On Sunday's touchdown, he caught a slant from Jason Campbell -- who had quite a day on his own with 391 yards and three TDs -- and ran away from Aqib Talib.
Talib is one of the league’s most physical and talented corners, and the New England Patriots used him a lot on Gordon.
But Gordon was more physical.
"Hey," Talib said. "He’s a hell of a player, man ... He's going to make some noise in this league."
He already is.
In his past four games, Gordon has 774 yards receiving -- an NFL record. In his last three, he has 649.
He also has 1,400 yards for the season -- a Browns record (that, probably thankfully, breaks the mark held by Braylon Edwards).
He has seven 100-yard games this season, and five touchdowns the last four games. Tight end Jordan Cameron is having an excellent season (72 catches, seven TDs), but Gordon’s play is unprecedented.
The way he ran away from Talib on the touchdown was a sight to behold. Talib had the early angle on Gordon when he caught the pass, but within four steps Gordon was pulling away.
The skills, size, speed and talent that prompted Tom Heckert to shock the league by taking Gordon in the second round of the supplemental draft are exploding on the NFL scene. He is an extremely talented player doing everything he can to help his team.
Too, one of these weeks the Browns will actually win one of these games in which Gordon is so special.