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1965 Cleveland Browns

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11-3-0, Finished 1st in NFL East Division  · 1965 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.4, Offense: -0.2, Defense: -4.2, SoS: -7.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 363 points (25.9/g), 5th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 325 points (23.2/g), 8th.
 Differential of 38 points (2.7/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 7.9-6.1.

Coach: Blanton Collier (11-3-0)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Art Modell
General Manager Harold Sauerbrei
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 363 4398 836 5.3 25 9 27 257 160 329 2067 23 16 5.7 97 476 2331 19 4.9 133
Team Defense 325 4712 869 5.4 32 8 26 265 204 419 2846 31 24 6.2 135 412 1866 11 4.5 104
Lg Rank Offense 5 7 1 2 5 13 12 4 4 9 3 1 3 1
Lg Rank Defense 8 13 9 14 13 11 12 13 5 8 6 11 3 14

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 @ Washington Redskins 17 7 18 313 133 180 2 14 232 208 24 1
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 1-1 St. Louis Cardinals 13 49 19 290 168 122 6 23 489 320 169 2
3 Sun October 3 boxscore W 2-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 35 17 22 314 75 239 1 21 345 182 163 6
4 Sat October 9 boxscore W 3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 24 19 21 375 143 232 16 252 77 175 3
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 4-1 Dallas Cowboys 23 17 16 335 230 105 1 15 264 185 79 1
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 5-1 @ New York Giants 38 14 26 526 283 243 1 22 312 192 120 3
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 5-2 Minnesota Vikings 17 27 11 167 133 34 25 408 212 196 1
8 Sun November 7 boxscore W 6-2 Philadelphia Eagles 38 34 21 369 182 187 3 24 582 352 230 2
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 7-2 New York Giants 34 21 22 459 227 232 2 21 347 240 107 2
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 8-2 @ Dallas Cowboys 24 17 15 200 65 135 1 18 293 169 124 3
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 9-2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 42 21 20 360 119 241 13 358 221 137
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 10-2 Washington Redskins 24 16 24 284 84 200 4 16 201 138 63 3
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 10-3 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 42 6 119 79 40 1 23 469 300 169 1
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 11-3 @ St. Louis Cardinals 27 24 16 287 146 141 3 14 160 50 110 4
Playoffs
Championship Sun January 2 boxscore L 11-4 @ Green Bay Packers 12 23 8 161 97 64 2 21 332 128 204 1

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
13 Frank Ryan* 29 QB 12 12 10-2-0 119 243 49.0% 1751 18 7.4 13 5.3 80 7.2 6.3 14.7 145.9 75.3 3 3
11 Jim Ninowski 29 qb 6 2 1-1-0 40 83 48.2% 549 4 4.8 3 3.6 32 6.6 6.0 13.7 91.5 70.8 1 1
32 Jim Brown*+ 29 FB 14 14 1 2 50.0% 39 1 50.0 0 0.0 39 19.5 29.5 39.0 2.8 135.4
76 Lou Groza 41 K 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 27.6 14 11-3-0 160 329 48.6% 2339 23 7.0 16 4.9 80 7.1 6.3 14.6 167.1 75.3 4 4
Opp Total 14 204 419 48.7% 3153 31 7.4 24 5.7 7.5 6.43 15.5 225.2 74.8 38 307 6.2 5.2 8.3

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*+ 29 FB 14 14 289 1544 17 67 5.3 110.3 20.6 34 328 9.6 4 32 2.4 23.4 1872 21 6
48 Ernie Green 27 HB 13 0 111 436 2 41 3.9 33.5 8.5 25 298 11.9 2 69 1.9 22.9 734 4 3
44 Leroy Kelly 23 KR 13 0 37 139 0 16 3.8 10.7 2.8 9 122 13.6 0 52 0.7 9.4 261 0 3
13 Frank Ryan* 29 QB 12 12 19 72 0 18 3.8 6.0 1.6 72 0 5
36 Charlie Scales 27 14 0 11 59 0 20 5.4 4.2 0.8 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.5 66 0 1
11 Jim Ninowski 29 qb 6 2 4 46 0 17 11.5 7.7 0.7 46 0 0
27 Walter Roberts 23 PR/SE 14 0 3 30 0 14 10.0 2.1 0.2 16 314 19.6 4 80 1.1 22.4 344 4 1
86 Gary Collins* 25 FL/P 14 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 1.1 0.1 50 884 17.7 10 67 3.6 63.1 900 10 0
24 Bobby Franklin 29 14 0 1 -11 0 -11 -11.0 -0.8 0.1 -11 0 1
83 Johnny Brewer 28 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 174 13.4 1 25 0.9 12.4 174 1 0
87 Tom Hutchinson 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 113 18.8 2 24 0.4 8.1 113 2 0
85 Clifton McNeil 25 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 69 23.0 0 32 0.2 5.3 69 0 0
42 Paul Warfield 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 30 10.0 0 13 3.0 30.0 30 0 0
Team Total 27.6 14 476 2331 19 67 4.9 166.5 34.0 160 2339 14.6 23 80 11.4 167.1 4670 42 20
Opp Total 14 412 1866 11 4.5 133.3 29.4 204 2846 14.0 31 14.6 203.3 4712 42 13

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
44 Leroy Kelly 23 KR 13 0 17 265 2 67 15.6 24 621 0 51 25.9 1147
27 Walter Roberts 23 PR/SE 14 0 18 162 0 51 9.0 18 493 0 88 27.4 999
36 Charlie Scales 27 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 4 88 0 24 22.0 154
34 Mike Howell 22 14 0 2 3 0 3 1.5 3
87 Tom Hutchinson 24 14 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 113
24 Bobby Franklin 29 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 -11
48 Ernie Green 27 HB 13 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 738
51 Dale Lindsey 22 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 27.6 14 36 427 2 67 11.9 53 1209 0 88 22.8 6306
Opp Total 14 36 259 0 7.2 58 1334 0 23.0

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 41 K 14 0 25 16 64.0%% 45 45 100.0%%
86 Gary Collins* 25 FL/P 14 0 65 3035 71 0 46.7
24 Bobby Franklin 29 14 0 4 118 31 0 29.5
Team Total 27.6 14 25 16 64.0%% 45 45 100.0%% 69 3153 71 0 45.7
Opp Total 14 18 9 50.0%% 43 40 93.0%% 69 2836 41.1

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
48 Ernie Green 27 HB 13 0 0 3 5 -5 0
32 Jim Brown*+ 29 FB 14 14 0 6 0 0 0
13 Frank Ryan* 29 QB 12 12 0 5 1 -2 0
23 Larry Benz 24 RS 14 0 5 78 0 31 0
20 Ross Fichtner 27 LS 14 0 4 98 1 48 0 0 0 1 0 0
44 Leroy Kelly 23 KR 13 0 0 3 2 0 0
30 Bernie Parrish 29 LCB 14 0 4 45 0 35 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Jim Houston* 28 LLB 12 0 2 32 0 28 0 0 0 2 0 0
50 Vince Costello 33 MLB 13 0 3 33 0 23 0
24 Bobby Franklin 29 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
27 Walter Roberts 23 PR/SE 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
67 Sid Williams 23 RLB 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Erich Barnes 30 14 0 1 35 0 35 0
35 Galen Fiss 34 12 0 1 5 0 5 0
80 Bill Glass 30 RDE 14 0 1 0 0 0 0
76 Lou Groza 41 K 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Gene Hickerson* 30 RG 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Dale Lindsey 22 14 0 1 11 0 11 0
74 Dick Modzelewski 34 LDT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Charlie Scales 27 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
38 Stan Sczurek 28 11 0 1 10 0 10 0
60 John Wooten* 29 LG 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.6 14 24 349 1 48 0 0 20 19 -7 0
Opp Total 14 31 13 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
32 Jim Brown*+ 29 FB 14 14 17 4 21 126
76 Lou Groza 41 K 14 0 45 16 93
86 Gary Collins* 25 FL/P 14 0 10 10 60
48 Ernie Green 27 HB 13 0 2 2 4 24
27 Walter Roberts 23 PR/SE 14 0 4 4 24
87 Tom Hutchinson 24 14 0 2 2 12
44 Leroy Kelly 23 KR 13 0 2 2 12
83 Johnny Brewer 28 TE 14 0 1 1 6
20 Ross Fichtner 27 LS 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 27.6 14 19 23 2 1 45 45 16 363
Opp Total 14 11 31 1 40 9 325

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-19 @ WAS W, 17-7 2 80 pass Walter Roberts 80 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
2 1965-09-19 @ WAS W, 17-7 3 35 pass Gary Collins 35 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
3 1965-09-26 STL L, 13-49 2 13 pass Gary Collins 13 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
4 1965-10-03 @ PHI W, 35-17 2 4 rush Jim Brown 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
5 1965-10-03 @ PHI W, 35-17 3 13 pass Gary Collins 13 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Lou Groza kick)
6 1965-10-03 @ PHI W, 35-17 4 2 rush Jim Brown 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
7 1965-10-03 @ PHI W, 35-17 4 32 interception Ross Fichtner 32 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
8 1965-10-03 @ PHI W, 35-17 4 4 rush Jim Brown 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
9 1965-10-09 PIT W, 24-19 1 4 pass Jim Brown 4 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
10 1965-10-09 PIT W, 24-19 3 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
11 1965-10-09 PIT W, 24-19 4 14 pass Gary Collins 14 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
12 1965-10-17 DAL W, 23-17 1 10 rush Jim Brown 10 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
13 1965-10-17 DAL W, 23-17 2 29 pass Walter Roberts 29 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
14 1965-10-24 @ NYG W, 38-14 2 21 pass Walter Roberts 21 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
15 1965-10-24 @ NYG W, 38-14 2 4 pass Walter Roberts 4 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
16 1965-10-24 @ NYG W, 38-14 3 39 pass Gary Collins 39 yard pass from Jim Brown (Lou Groza kick)
17 1965-10-24 @ NYG W, 38-14 3 5 pass Jim Brown 5 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
18 1965-10-24 @ NYG W, 38-14 4 1 rush Ernie Green 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
19 1965-10-31 MIN L, 17-27 2 1 rush Ernie Green 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
20 1965-10-31 MIN L, 17-27 4 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
21 1965-11-07 PHI W, 38-34 1 2 pass Gary Collins 2 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
22 1965-11-07 PHI W, 38-34 2 7 rush Jim Brown 7 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
23 1965-11-07 PHI W, 38-34 2 32 pass Jim Brown 32 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
24 1965-11-07 PHI W, 38-34 3 1 rush Jim Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
25 1965-11-07 PHI W, 38-34 4 7 pass Gary Collins 7 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
26 1965-11-14 NYG W, 34-21 1 26 pass Ernie Green 26 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
27 1965-11-14 NYG W, 34-21 1 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
28 1965-11-14 NYG W, 34-21 3 4 rush Jim Brown 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
29 1965-11-14 NYG W, 34-21 4 17 rush Jim Brown 17 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
30 1965-11-21 @ DAL W, 24-17 2 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
31 1965-11-21 @ DAL W, 24-17 2 67 punt Leroy Kelly 67 yard punt return (Lou Groza kick)
32 1965-11-21 @ DAL W, 24-17 3 5 pass Gary Collins 5 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
33 1965-11-28 @ PIT W, 42-21 2 56 punt Leroy Kelly 56 yard punt return (Lou Groza kick)
34 1965-11-28 @ PIT W, 42-21 3 2 rush Jim Brown 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
35 1965-11-28 @ PIT W, 42-21 3 2 rush Jim Brown 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
36 1965-11-28 @ PIT W, 42-21 4 15 rush Jim Brown 15 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
37 1965-11-28 @ PIT W, 42-21 4 25 pass Johnny Brewer 25 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Lou Groza kick)
38 1965-11-28 @ PIT W, 42-21 4 27 pass Jim Brown 27 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Lou Groza kick)
39 1965-12-05 WAS W, 24-16 2 7 pass Gary Collins 7 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
40 1965-12-05 WAS W, 24-16 4 14 pass Tom Hutchinson 14 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
41 1965-12-05 WAS W, 24-16 4 5 rush Jim Brown 5 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
42 1965-12-12 @ RAM L, 7-42 2 3 pass Ernie Green 3 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Lou Groza kick)
43 1965-12-19 @ STL W, 27-24 1 13 pass Gary Collins 13 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
44 1965-12-19 @ STL W, 27-24 2 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
45 1965-12-19 @ STL W, 27-24 4 24 pass Tom Hutchinson 24 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-19 @ WAS L, 7-17 4 21 pass Angelo Coia 21 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Bob Jencks kick)
2 1965-09-26 STL W, 49-13 1 78 pass Willis Crenshaw 78 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
3 1965-09-26 STL W, 49-13 2 32 pass Sonny Randle 32 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
4 1965-09-26 STL W, 49-13 2 4 rush Bill Triplett 4 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
5 1965-09-26 STL W, 49-13 2 7 pass Sonny Randle 7 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
6 1965-09-26 STL W, 49-13 2 9 pass Bobby Joe Conrad 9 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
7 1965-09-26 STL W, 49-13 3 56 pass Sonny Randle 56 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
8 1965-09-26 STL W, 49-13 3 3 pass Billy Gambrell 3 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
9 1965-10-03 @ PHI L, 17-35 2 2 pass Pete Retzlaff 2 yard pass from King Hill (Dave Lloyd kick)
10 1965-10-03 @ PHI L, 17-35 4 2 pass Earl Gros 2 yard pass from King Hill (Dave Lloyd kick)
11 1965-10-09 PIT L, 19-24 2 1 rush Bill Nelsen 1 yard rush
12 1965-10-09 PIT L, 19-24 3 42 rush Dick Hoak 42 yard rush
13 1965-10-09 PIT L, 19-24 4 15 rush Dick Hoak 15 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
14 1965-10-17 DAL L, 17-23 2 5 pass Pettis Norman 5 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
15 1965-10-17 DAL L, 17-23 4 20 pass Pete Gent 20 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
16 1965-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-38 1 1 rush Tucker Frederickson 1 yard rush (Bob Timberlake kick)
17 1965-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-38 4 2 rush Chuck Mercein 2 yard rush (Bob Timberlake kick)
18 1965-10-31 MIN W, 27-17 1 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
19 1965-10-31 MIN W, 27-17 2 72 pass Tommy Mason 72 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
20 1965-10-31 MIN W, 27-17 2 2 pass Bill Brown 2 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
21 1965-11-07 PHI L, 34-38 1 54 rush Timmy Brown 54 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
22 1965-11-07 PHI L, 34-38 1 6 pass Pete Retzlaff 6 yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
23 1965-11-07 PHI L, 34-38 3 39 pass Pete Retzlaff 39 yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
24 1965-11-07 PHI L, 34-38 4 22 pass Pete Retzlaff 22 yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
25 1965-11-14 NYG L, 21-34 1 21 pass Aaron Thomas 21 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Bob Timberlake kick)
26 1965-11-14 NYG L, 21-34 2 79 pass Homer Jones 79 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Bob Timberlake kick)
27 1965-11-14 NYG L, 21-34 3 2 pass Bobby Crespino 2 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Bob Timberlake kick)
28 1965-11-21 @ DAL L, 17-24 3 2 pass Pettis Norman 2 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
29 1965-11-21 @ DAL L, 17-24 4 45 pass Bob Hayes 45 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
30 1965-11-28 @ PIT L, 21-42 3 87 pass Gary Ballman 87 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
31 1965-11-28 @ PIT L, 21-42 4 43 pass Cannonball Butler 43 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
32 1965-11-28 @ PIT L, 21-42 4 80 pass Clendon Thomas 80 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
33 1965-12-05 WAS L, 16-24 1 2 rush Charley Taylor 2 yard rush
34 1965-12-05 WAS L, 16-24 2 6 pass Pat Richter 6 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bob Jencks kick)
35 1965-12-12 @ RAM W, 42-7 1 5 pass Marlin McKeever 5 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
36 1965-12-12 @ RAM W, 42-7 2 22 pass Willie Brown 22 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
37 1965-12-12 @ RAM W, 42-7 2 46 pass Tommy McDonald 46 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
38 1965-12-12 @ RAM W, 42-7 3 9 rush Roman Gabriel 9 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
39 1965-12-12 @ RAM W, 42-7 4 42 pass Tommy McDonald 42 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
40 1965-12-12 @ RAM W, 42-7 4 43 pass Tommy McDonald 43 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
41 1965-12-19 @ STL L, 24-27 2 96 interception Larry Wilson 96 yard interception return (Jim Bakken kick)
42 1965-12-19 @ STL L, 24-27 3 1 rush Terry Nofsinger 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
43 1965-12-19 @ STL L, 24-27 4 5 pass Bill Triplett 5 yard pass from Terry Nofsinger (Jim Bakken kick)