No Browns wide receiver has ever produced a better game statistically than the one Josh Gordon had Sunday in a 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

His 237 receiving yards are a franchise record, and his 14 catches tied hall of fame tight end Ozzie Newsome for the team record. Newsome established franchise records for catches and receiving yards when he tallied 14 catches for 191 yards against the New York Jets on Oct. 14, 1984.

But Gordon won’t enjoy the feat. Not one bit.

“After taking a loss like that, it means nothing,” said Gordon, who also caught a 1-yard touchdown pass with 3:13 left in the fourth quarter. “To me, it’s great and everything for me as a young wide receiver to get that experience, but if we can’t go out there and win, I don’t really care about it.”

Most of Gordon’s record-breaking production came in garbage time. Gordon caught seven passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter with many fans exiting the stadium even before the Steelers (5-6) went ahead of the Browns (4-7) by 24 points with 4:27 left. It’s one of the reasons why Gordon doesn’t “really see anything positive” in the records.

“The city wanted to see us win,” said Gordon, a second-round pick in last year’s supplemental draft. “We all wanted to win that game. That would have meant a lot. For me, it was for nothing.”

Gordon also tallied his fifth 100-yard receiving game this season, another team record he now has. His 237 receiving yards brings his season total to 988. The Browns’ record for receiving yards in a season is 1,289, set by Braylon Edwards in 2007. To break it, Gordon will have to average 61 yards per game for the rest of the season. It’s important to note he has only played nine games this season, because he served a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

“Josh is a good talent,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “He’s a great route runner. There are a lot of things that go into it. He’s a big-time playmaker, and as the quarterback, you know where those guys are at all times.”

Tough day
Browns cornerback Joe Haden had one of the best games of his career last week in a 41-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but he followed it with perhaps one of his poorest against the Steelers.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown had six catches for a team-high 92 yards, which included a 41-yard touchdown that put the Steelers ahead 10-3 with 2:33 left in the second quarter. Haden fell a step behind after he let up and looked back for a split-second while covering Brown, who used the separation to catch the pass in the front of the end zone while falling on his back as Haden tried to knock the ball away.

“When I turned back, I felt like he was stopping for a comeback, but he wasn’t,” Haden said. “I thought he was going to stop. He kept running for the fade. When I finally caught up, I got to hit the ball out of his hands, but it just laid on his chest, and he covered it up. It was a good play by him.”