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1961 Cleveland Browns

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8-5-1, Finished 3rd in NFL East Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.6, Offense: 0.4, Defense: 1.2, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 319 points (22.8/g), 6th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 270 points (19.3/g), 5th.
 Differential of 49 points (3.5/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 8.4-5.6.

Coach: Paul Brown (8-5-1)

Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: Hiram College (Hiram, Ohio)

Team Info

Principal Owner Art Modell
Head Coach/General Manager Paul Brown
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 319 4537 817 5.6 33 20 10 246 185 320 2374 20 13 7.0 120 476 2163 15 4.5 116
Team Defense 270 4131 807 5.1 38 18 10 243 200 358 2526 16 20 6.4 146 411 1605 16 3.9 87
Lg Rank Offense 6 7 3 10 6 13 8 8 1 4 2 2 7 5
Lg Rank Defense 5 7 10 5 8 4 10 3 11 9 3 4 10 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 20 27 20 432 329 103 4 15 305 158 147 1
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 1-1 St. Louis Cardinals 20 17 14 245 134 111 4 18 185 90 95 3
3 Sun October 1 boxscore W 2-1 Dallas Cowboys 25 7 18 316 100 216 4 9 152 100 52 3
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 3-1 Washington Redskins 31 7 13 285 194 91 16 245 201 44 2
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 3-2 Green Bay Packers 17 49 20 290 165 125 3 23 482 266 216 2
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 4-2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 30 28 21 378 149 229 4 17 309 222 87 3
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 5-2 @ St. Louis Cardinals 21 10 15 326 102 224 2 13 195 118 77 3
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 5-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 13 17 14 252 104 148 2 18 356 196 160 2
9 Sun November 12 boxscore W 6-3 @ Washington Redskins 17 6 16 303 124 179 1 16 240 144 96 2
10 Sun November 19 boxscore W 7-3 Philadelphia Eagles 45 24 30 505 246 259 19 327 230 97 2
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 7-4 New York Giants 21 37 20 334 268 66 2 24 369 253 116 2
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 8-4 @ Dallas Cowboys 38 17 23 373 143 230 3 19 376 202 174 6
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 8-5 @ Chicago Bears 14 17 15 320 245 75 2 19 324 216 108 4
14 Sun December 17 boxscore T 8-5-1 @ New York Giants 7 7 7 178 71 107 2 17 266 130 136 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
16 Milt Plum* 26 QB 14 13 7-5-1 177 302 58.6% 2416 18 6.0 10 3.3 77 8.0 7.7 13.6 172.6 90.3 2 2
18 Len Dawson 26 qb 7 1 1-0-0 7 15 46.7% 85 1 6.7 3 20.0 17 5.7 -2.0 12.1 12.1 47.2
32 Jim Brown*+ 25 FB 14 14 1 3 33.3% 37 1 33.3 0 0.0 37 12.3 19.0 37.0 2.6 120.8
Team Total 26.8 14 8-5-1 185 320 57.8% 2538 20 6.3 13 4.1 77 7.9 7.4 13.7 181.3 87.2 2 2
Opp Total 14 200 358 55.9% 2831 16 4.5 20 5.6 7.9 6.29 14.2 202.2 73.2 38 305 6.4 4.9 9.6

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
32 Jim Brown*+ 25 FB 14 14 305 1408 8 38 4.6 100.6 21.8 46 459 10.0 2 77 3.3 32.8 1867 10 6
49 Bobby Mitchell 26 HB/KR/PR 14 0 101 548 5 56 5.4 39.1 7.2 32 368 11.5 3 52 2.3 26.3 916 8 6
22 Tom Watkins 24 10 0 43 209 0 21 4.9 20.9 4.3 4 66 16.5 1 35 0.4 6.6 275 1 2
16 Milt Plum* 26 QB 14 13 24 -17 1 14 -0.7 -1.2 1.7 -17 1 9
18 Len Dawson 26 qb 7 1 1 -10 0 -10 -10.0 -1.4 0.1 -10 0 0
24 Bobby Franklin 25 RS 14 0 1 12 1 12 12.0 0.9 0.1 12 1 1
40 Preston Powell 25 12 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 5 0 0
26 Ray Renfro 32 FL 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 48 834 17.4 6 57 3.4 59.6 834 6 1
88 Rich Kreitling 25 SE 13 0 0 4 0 4 0.3 0.0 21 229 10.9 3 19 1.6 17.6 233 3 2
86 Gern Nagler 29 TE 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 241 12.7 1 21 1.5 18.5 241 1 0
81 Leon Clarke 28 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 211 19.2 2 41 0.8 16.2 211 2 0
42 Bobby Crespino 23 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 62 31.0 1 49 0.2 4.8 62 1 1
85 Charley Ferguson 22 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 68 34.0 1 60 0.2 5.7 68 1 0
Team Total 26.8 14 476 2163 15 56 4.5 154.5 34.0 185 2538 13.7 20 77 13.2 181.3 4701 35 28
Opp Total 14 411 1605 16 3.9 114.6 29.4 200 2526 12.6 16 14.3 180.4 4131 32 23

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
49 Bobby Mitchell 26 HB/KR/PR 14 0 14 164 1 64 11.7 16 428 1 91 26.8 1508
40 Preston Powell 25 12 0 16 321 0 36 20.1 326
44 Jim Shofner 26 RCB 14 0 14 119 0 21 8.5 119
22 Tom Watkins 24 10 0 9 226 0 47 25.1 501
38 Sam Baker 32 P 14 0 3 57 0 25 19.0 57
32 Jim Brown*+ 25 FB 14 14 2 50 0 26 25.0 1917
83 Johnny Brewer 24 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
20 Ross Fichtner 23 13 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
70 Errol Linden 24 10 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
68 Larry Stephens 23 14 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
Team Total 26.8 14 28 283 1 64 10.1 50 1115 1 91 22.3 6099
Opp Total 14 27 213 0 7.9 56 1465 1 26.2

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
76 Lou Groza 37 K 14 0 23 16 69.6%% 38 37 97.4%%
38 Sam Baker 32 P 14 0 53 2296 62 0 43.3
Team Total 26.8 14 23 16 69.6%% 38 37 97.4%% 53 2296 62 0 43.3
Opp Total 14 28 11 39.3%% 34 33 97.1%% 54 2317 42.9

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
16 Milt Plum* 26 QB 14 13 0 9 3 0 0
30 Bernie Parrish 25 LCB 14 0 7 40 0 16 0 0 0 1 34 1
32 Jim Brown*+ 25 FB 14 14 0 6 1 0 0
49 Bobby Mitchell 26 HB/KR/PR 14 0 0 6 0 0 0
46 Don Fleming 24 LS 14 0 3 62 0 41 0 0 0 2 35 0
44 Jim Shofner 26 RCB 14 0 5 8 0 5 0
35 Galen Fiss 30 13 0 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 3 0 0
88 Rich Kreitling 25 SE 13 0 0 2 2 4 0
24 Bobby Franklin 25 RS 14 0 2 20 0 20 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 Floyd Peters 25 RDT 13 0 0 0 3 5 0
52 Dave Lloyd 25 MLB 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
34 Walt Michaels 32 RLB 14 0 2 17 0 15 0
22 Tom Watkins 24 10 0 0 2 0 0 0
84 Paul Wiggin 27 RDE 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
38 Sam Baker 32 P 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Vince Costello 29 LLB 14 0 0 0 1 30 1
42 Bobby Crespino 23 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
79 Bob Gain* 32 LDT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
76 Lou Groza 37 K 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Jim Houston 24 LDE 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
56 John Morrow* 28 C 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Ray Renfro 32 FL 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
77 Dick Schafrath 24 LT 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.8 14 20 160 0 41 0 0 28 26 108 2
Opp Total 14 21 23 5

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
76 Lou Groza 37 K 14 0 37 16 85
32 Jim Brown*+ 25 FB 14 14 8 2 10 60
49 Bobby Mitchell 26 HB/KR/PR 14 0 5 3 1 1 10 60
26 Ray Renfro 32 FL 14 0 6 6 36
88 Rich Kreitling 25 SE 13 0 3 3 18
81 Leon Clarke 28 13 0 2 2 12
50 Vince Costello 29 LLB 14 0 1 1 6
42 Bobby Crespino 23 13 0 1 1 6
85 Charley Ferguson 22 12 0 1 1 6
24 Bobby Franklin 25 RS 14 0 1 1 6
86 Gern Nagler 29 TE 13 0 1 1 6
30 Bernie Parrish 25 LCB 14 0 1 1 6
16 Milt Plum* 26 QB 14 13 1 1 6
22 Tom Watkins 24 10 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.8 14 15 20 1 1 2 39 37 16 319
Opp Total 14 16 16 1 1 33 11 270

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 @ PHI L, 20-27 1 60 pass Charley Ferguson 60 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
2 1961-09-17 @ PHI L, 20-27 4 12 pass Bobby Mitchell 12 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
3 1961-09-24 STL W, 20-17 2 16 pass Tom Watkins 16 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
4 1961-09-24 STL W, 20-17 4 41 pass Leon Clarke 41 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
5 1961-10-01 DAL W, 25-7 1 7 rush Jim Brown 7 yard rush
6 1961-10-01 DAL W, 25-7 2 16 pass Rich Kreitling 16 yard pass from Milt Plum
7 1961-10-01 DAL W, 25-7 4 8 pass Rich Kreitling 8 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
8 1961-10-08 WAS W, 31-7 2 52 pass Bobby Mitchell 52 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
9 1961-10-08 WAS W, 31-7 2 64 punt Bobby Mitchell 64 yard punt return (Lou Groza kick)
10 1961-10-08 WAS W, 31-7 4 31 rush Bobby Mitchell 31 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
11 1961-10-08 WAS W, 31-7 4 17 pass Ray Renfro 17 yard pass from Len Dawson (Lou Groza kick)
12 1961-10-15 GNB L, 17-49 3 21 pass Gern Nagler 21 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
13 1961-10-15 GNB L, 17-49 4 13 pass Ray Renfro 13 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
14 1961-10-22 @ PIT W, 30-28 2 6 rush Bobby Mitchell 6 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
15 1961-10-22 @ PIT W, 30-28 4 9 rush Bobby Mitchell 9 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
16 1961-10-22 @ PIT W, 30-28 4 18 rush Bobby Mitchell 18 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
17 1961-10-29 @ STL W, 21-10 1 12 rush Bobby Franklin 12 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
18 1961-10-29 @ STL W, 21-10 1 12 pass Ray Renfro 12 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
19 1961-10-29 @ STL W, 21-10 2 56 rush Bobby Mitchell 56 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
20 1961-11-05 PIT L, 13-17 1 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
21 1961-11-12 @ WAS W, 17-6 2 37 pass Ray Renfro 37 yard pass from Jim Brown (Lou Groza kick)
22 1961-11-12 @ WAS W, 17-6 3 9 pass Rich Kreitling 9 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
23 1961-11-19 PHI W, 45-24 2 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
24 1961-11-19 PHI W, 45-24 2 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
25 1961-11-19 PHI W, 45-24 3 18 pass Bobby Mitchell 18 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
26 1961-11-19 PHI W, 45-24 4 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
27 1961-11-19 PHI W, 45-24 4 8 rush Jim Brown 8 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
28 1961-11-19 PHI W, 45-24 4 91 kickoff Bobby Mitchell 91 yard kickoff return (Lou Groza kick)
29 1961-11-26 NYG L, 21-37 1 43 pass Ray Renfro 43 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
30 1961-11-26 NYG L, 21-37 2 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
31 1961-11-26 NYG L, 21-37 4 15 pass Ray Renfro 15 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
32 1961-12-03 @ DAL W, 38-17 1 34 fumble Bernie Parrish 34 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
33 1961-12-03 @ DAL W, 38-17 1 30 fumble Vince Costello 30 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
34 1961-12-03 @ DAL W, 38-17 1 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
35 1961-12-03 @ DAL W, 38-17 4 21 pass Jim Brown 21 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
36 1961-12-03 @ DAL W, 38-17 4 1 rush Milt Plum 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
37 1961-12-10 @ CHI L, 14-17 1 77 pass Jim Brown 77 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
38 1961-12-10 @ CHI L, 14-17 1 13 pass Bobby Crespino 13 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
39 1961-12-17 @ NYG T, 7-7 3 35 pass Leon Clarke 35 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 @ PHI W, 27-20 1 105 kickoff Timmy Brown 105 yard kickoff return (Bobby Walston kick)
2 1961-09-17 @ PHI W, 27-20 2 18 pass Bobby Walston 18 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
3 1961-09-17 @ PHI W, 27-20 3 6 pass Tommy McDonald 6 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
4 1961-09-24 STL L, 17-20 1 5 pass Sonny Randle 5 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
5 1961-09-24 STL L, 17-20 2 7 pass Sonny Randle 7 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
6 1961-10-01 DAL L, 7-25 4 7 pass Don Perkins 7 yard pass from Don Meredith (Allen Green kick)
7 1961-10-08 WAS L, 7-31 2 6 pass Tom Osborne 6 yard pass from Norm Snead (John Aveni kick)
8 1961-10-15 GNB W, 49-17 1 26 rush Jim Taylor 26 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
9 1961-10-15 GNB W, 49-17 1 1 rush Jim Taylor 1 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
10 1961-10-15 GNB W, 49-17 2 3 rush Paul Hornung 3 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
11 1961-10-15 GNB W, 49-17 3 45 rush Jim Taylor 45 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
12 1961-10-15 GNB W, 49-17 4 4 rush Jim Taylor 4 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
13 1961-10-15 GNB W, 49-17 4 45 pass Max McGee 45 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
14 1961-10-15 GNB W, 49-17 4 1 rush John Roach 1 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
15 1961-10-22 @ PIT L, 28-30 3 12 pass Buddy Dial 12 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
16 1961-10-22 @ PIT L, 28-30 3 1 rush Tom Tracy 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
17 1961-10-22 @ PIT L, 28-30 4 1 rush Tom Tracy 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
18 1961-10-22 @ PIT L, 28-30 4 88 pass Buddy Dial 88 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
19 1961-10-29 @ STL L, 10-21 3 3 rush Ralph Guglielmi 3 yard rush (Gerry Perry kick)
20 1961-11-05 PIT W, 17-13 3 1 rush Rudy Bukich 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
21 1961-11-05 PIT W, 17-13 4 26 pass Bob Schnelker 26 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
22 1961-11-12 @ WAS L, 6-17 3 1 rush Don Bosseler 1 yard rush
23 1961-11-19 PHI L, 24-45 2 2 rush Ted Dean 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
24 1961-11-19 PHI L, 24-45 4 6 pass Tommy McDonald 6 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
25 1961-11-19 PHI L, 24-45 4 39 pass Timmy Brown 39 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
26 1961-11-26 NYG W, 37-21 2 5 rush Y.A. Tittle 5 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
27 1961-11-26 NYG W, 37-21 2 1 rush Bob Gaiters 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
28 1961-11-26 NYG W, 37-21 4 11 rush Bob Gaiters 11 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
29 1961-11-26 NYG W, 37-21 4 35 interception Erich Barnes 35 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
30 1961-12-03 @ DAL L, 17-38 2 16 pass Jim Doran 16 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Dick Bielski kick)
31 1961-12-03 @ DAL L, 17-38 4 5 pass Jim Doran 5 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
32 1961-12-10 @ CHI W, 17-14 4 3 rush Willie Galimore 3 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
33 1961-12-10 @ CHI W, 17-14 4 64 pass Angelo Coia 64 yard pass from Ed Brown (Roger LeClerc kick)
34 1961-12-17 @ NYG T, 7-7 1 7 pass Joel Wells 7 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)