The Cleveland Browns (4-7) came into week 13 feeling confident they could come away with a home victory over the (2-9) Jacksonville Jaguars. Browns' quarterback Brandon Weeden made his fourth trip back to the top of the depth chart to get the start for Cleveland on Sunday.
Although Weeden would help Browns' receiver Josh Gordon break the franchise record for receiving yards for the second week in a row, the offense wasn't able to put up enough to hold the Jaguars off, final score 32-28 Jacksonville. Weeden threw two interceptions and lost a fumble with all three turnovers leading to Jacksonville points.
Gordon continued to be the only shining star on a sinking ship that is the Browns' season. He caught 10 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns in the loss Sunday. This marks the second straight week the Gordon set a Cleveland franchise record for receiving yards. He breaks his old record of 237 yards which was set last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gordon eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark giving the Browns their first thousand yard receiver since Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow both went over the mark in 2007. Gordon now has 1,249 yards in 2013 in just 10 games, just 40 yards behind the Browns' single season receiving record of 1,289, held by Edwards.
One big key to victory for this game was to not turn the ball over. The Browns gave the ball away three times while the Jaguars only lost the ball once. Jags' quarterback Chad Henne managed the game well as he finished 22-for-40 for 195 yards two touchdowns and an interception on the afternoon. Jacksonville receiver Ace Sanders led the team in receiving with eight catches for 67 yards. Maurice Jones-Drew led the Jaguars in rushing yards with 77 yards on 23 carries.
Cleveland's defense had to deal with turnovers and poor field position all afternoon. Jabaal Sheard and Ahtyba Rubin each recorded sacks on Henne. Cornerback Joe Haden came up with his fourth interception of the year early in the second quarter and returned it 14 yards. The Browns weren't able to capitalize on the turnover as the offense went three and out on the following drive.
The Browns now (4-8) have lost three in a row and six of their last seven. Things will only get tougher for Cleveland as they travel to New England next Sunday to take on Tom Brady and the (9-3) Patriots. Jacksonville (3-9) has won two games in a row and three of their last four. Next Sunday they will return home to host the (2-10) Houston Texans.