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GREAT GORDON: Gordon had 10 catches for a team record 261 yards, including a 95-yard TD that put the Browns up on the Jaguars 28-25 only to see Jacksonville rally for a 32-28 win.

Gordon’s 10 catches for a team record 261 yards made him the first player in NFL history with back-to-back 200-yard games. He had 236 in a loss the week before to Pittsburgh.

His 498 yards in two games and 623 in three are both league marks.

MEGATRON’S MEGADAY: On Oct. 27 Calvin Johnson got the best of Dez Bryant, gaining 329 yards receiving in the Lions’ 31-30 win over the Cowboys on Matthew Stafford’s 1-yard plunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left.

Johnson finished seven yards shy of Flipper Anderson’s NFL record 336-yard performance he had for the Los Angeles Rams against the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 26, 1989, in a game that went into overtime. Anderson had 296 yards in regulation that day.

“It was crazy,” Johnson said of the 1-on-1 coverage he faced all afternoon. “We had a lot of one-on-one coverage today, and we were able to take advantage and hit some deep balls. Matt made some great throws to me.”

MARVELOUS MARVIN: On the same day Johnson nearly broke the NFL record for yards receiving, Marvin Jones set a Bengals record with his four touchdown catches during a 49-9 win over the Jets.

“It was unbelievable,” All-Pro receiver A.J. Green marveled. “I don’t think I have scored four touchdowns since high school. That guy is awesome.”

TERRIFIC THOMAS: Demaryius Thomas caught a trio of TDs from Manning in Denver’s 28-20 win over San Diego last month when Jack Del Rio took over after John Fox needed open-heart surgery.

Thomas’ favorite TD came on a quick screen in which he was still accelerating as he scored from 34 yards out, explaining, “Smoke screens are my favorite thing to do. After that catch, I feel, is my thing.”

It’s easy to see why Thomas says he’s at his best with the ball in his hands _ he leads NFL receivers with 594 yards after the catch.

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