Another quarterback goes down; Steelers railroad Browns 27 to 11

James W. Wade III | 11/27/2013, 10:33 a.m.
“Anytime your quarterback goes down, it’s tough. He actually went down twice in the game and then couldn’t come out ...
Jason Campbell went out with a head injury after being sacked Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Photo by MYCHAL LILLY

The Cleveland Browns just seem to be plagued with problem after problem. Each week things look more pitiful for the team. Sunday, in a show down with a team who once upon a time was a rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, came to Cleveland and beat the Browns 27 to 11.

One of the worst parts of the game was to lose another starting quarterback Jason Campbell. Campbell went out twice and the last time they said he has a concussion. So we doubt if he will be ready to play this week.

“Anytime your quarterback goes down, it’s tough. He actually went down twice in the game and then couldn’t come out on that one, but that’s part of football. That’s when the next guy has to step in and be able to go and operate. We’ll get (QB) Brandon (Weeden) ready to play this week and start this game,” said Browns coach Rob Chudzinski.

Weeden who once was the starting quarterback trotted on the field to a lot of boo’s from the fans. No one has any confidence in him. As the game progressed the one player that was making it happen was the same player rumored to be traded,Josh Gordon.

“Josh obviously played and had a big game and has been playing at a high level, and today he did. We have to find some other guys to make plays, as well. I think (TE) Jordan (Cameron) made a few today. Again, we just have to be more consistent with what we’re doing,” said coach Chudzinki.

Gordon set a franchise record with 237 receiving yards and tied a team record with 14 receptions, while adding one touchdown. He registered his fifth 100-yard receiving game this year, the most by a Brown in a season. Gordon became the first Browns player to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games since Braylon Edwards in 2006.

Gordon has a team-leading 988 receiving yards, surpassing his 805 yards set as a rookie in 2012. He has the most receiving yards by a Brown since 2007. Gordon’s 988 receiving yards are the most by a Brown through the first 11 games of a season. In addition, his 1,793 receiving yards are the most by any player in their first 25 games as a Brown.

Each week I talk about TE Jordan Cameron who caught three receptions and leads the team this season with 59. His reception total is tied for the fourth most by a Browns player in the first 11 games of a season, and his 661 receiving yards are the fifth most by a Browns tight end in the first 11 games of a season.

So with these two great receivers the question becomes why we don’t have more wins than the four that we have? The stats show the Browns are the only NFL team to have not allowed a 100-yard rusher or a 300-yard passer in a game this season.

The defense looks good week after week for the most part, but the offense has to learn to put points on the board. The Browns seem to have to learn to hold on to the ball; Chris Ogbonnaya has to find a way to avoid fumbles. “I thought he had the ball pretty tight. It was a great play from (Steelers DB Troy) Polamalu, it looked like to me on the replay. We just have to protect it in those situations. I thought that we had something going on that drive right before the half. But then, that turnover and they were able to get a field goal out. It was a complete swing in the game,” said coach Chudzinksi.

Not a good day overall for the team losing two division games back to back. Both teams came in the game 4 and 6. Browns had a chance not to fall to last place with a win.

“Honestly, it really doesn’t mean that much to me. After taking a loss like that, it means nothing. It is great for me as a wide receiver to get that experience, but if we can’t go out there and win, I don’t really care about it,” said Gordon about his records.

Next week the Browns play the Jacksonville Jaguars at home. They beat Houston and they are no longer just a push over. Gordon who thinks the Browns are not totally out wants everyone to get behind Weeden.

"I think for any team it would be difficult. The only benefit is that we have already played with Brandon, so it's easier to adjust to him. We want the fans to get behind our guys.We don't want them to boo guys when they get on the field,” said Gordon.