1. The Browns welcome back former All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon, who is set to play in a regular season game for the first time since Dec. 21, 2014. Gordon has missed the past 44 games and 54 of the past 59 because of recurring violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Coach Hue Jackson said Gordon will start and will not have his snaps limited. “This is the first opportunity hopefully of many,” Jackson said. “Hopefully he’ll take advantage of it by the way he plays. He has done a really good job of preparing, but as we know, that just gives you an opportunity to play the game well on Sunday.” Gordon has 161 receptions, 2,754 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 35 NFL games.

2. The 0-11 Browns are still searching for win No. 1. Analytics website numberFire.com gives them a 25.44 percent chance to become just the second team in NFL history to go 0-16. The Detroit Lions did it in 2008. Last season, the Browns finished 1-15, with a 20-17 triumph on Christmas Eve over the Chargers in Cleveland. That has created a revenge factor for the Chargers. “We can’t let that happen twice, period,” Chargers defensive tackle Damion Square told ESPN.com.

3. Jackson is embarrassed to take a record of 1-26 to his hometown of Los Angeles. If the Browns lose Sunday, he will fall to 1-27 and set a record for the worst start with a team by any head coach in NFL history. With a 30-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last week, Jackson tied coach John McKay. McKay went 0-26 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-77 before winning two games in a row. “These players keep me going — the fact that they come in here every day with their energy and their passion about, ‘Coach what do we need to do to go out there to win,’ ” Jackson said.

4. Chargers Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward returned to Georgia to be with family after the death of his brother Jecaives Hayward, who was killed Monday night in a car accident. The Chargers listed him as questionable to play, but expect him to do so. If all goes according to plan, he will be vital in defending Gordon. “He gets his hands on balls,” Jackson said. “He’s always contesting catches.”

5. Notable connections: Chargers punter Drew Kaser is a Strongsville native who graduated from Walsh Jesuit. … The following Chargers played collegiate football in Ohio — Jatavis Brown (Akron), Cardale Jones (Ohio State), Joey Bosa (Ohio State), Antonio Gates (Kent State), Mike Windt (Cincinnati). Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco played football at John Carroll. … Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin was selected by the Browns in the fourth round of the 2012 draft and then signed with the Chargers in 2016. … Browns senior offensive assistant Al Saunders was the Chargers head coach from 1986-1988, and their wide receivers coach and assistant head coach from 1983-1985. … Chargers coach Anthony Lynn spent 2007 and 2008 as Browns running backs coach. … The Chargers promoted former Browns kicker Travis Coons from their practice squad to active roster with Nick Novak on injured reserve with a back injury, agent Brett Tessler announced on Twitter. Coons played for the Browns in 2015.