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1973 Cleveland Browns

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7-5-2, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.2, Offense: -2.6, Defense: 1.4, SoS: 0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 234 points (16.7/g), 18th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 255 points (18.2/g), 13th.
 Differential of -21 points (-1.5/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 6.3-7.7.

Coach: Nick Skorich (7-5-2)

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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 234 3341 859 3.9 37 17 200 152 308 1373 10 20 3.9 79 506 1968 12 3.9 107 70 620 14
Opp. Stats 255 3827 854 4.5 21 9 196 144 312 1736 16 12 5.1 79 513 2091 7 4.1 102 79 738 15
Lg Rank Offense 18 23 17 16 22 19 23 20 18 25 13 13 14 16
Lg Rank Defense 13 11 26 25 4 5 9 17 25 14 18 15 5 14

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 16 boxscore W 1-0 Baltimore Colts 24 14 20 297 150 147 3 10 129 4 125 1
2 Sun September 23 boxscore L 1-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 6 33 16 208 124 84 3 14 369 173 196 1
3 Sun September 30 boxscore W 2-1 New York Giants 12 10 15 239 98 141 3 8 123 74 49 3
4 Sun October 7 boxscore W 3-1 Cincinnati Bengals 17 10 21 288 72 216 11 263 167 96 3
5 Mon October 15 boxscore L 3-2 Miami Dolphins 9 17 12 211 57 154 1 11 250 38 212 2
6 Sun October 21 boxscore W 4-2 Houston Oilers 42 13 26 366 102 264 1 4 106 83 23 1
7 Sun October 28 boxscore T 4-2-1 San Diego Chargers 16 16 13 184 66 118 3 16 339 135 204 2
8 Sun November 4 boxscore L 4-3-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 3 26 4 145 75 70 3 23 353 152 201 1
9 Sun November 11 boxscore W 5-3-1 @ Houston Oilers 23 13 13 299 119 180 1 16 309 203 106 1
10 Sun November 18 boxscore W 6-3-1 @ Oakland Raiders 7 3 14 226 68 158 3 13 172 75 97
11 Sun November 25 boxscore W 7-3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 21 16 10 250 146 104 4 16 380 210 170 2
12 Sun December 2 boxscore T 7-3-2 @ Kansas City Chiefs 20 20 14 265 121 144 4 17 345 137 208 3
13 Sun December 9 boxscore L 7-4-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 17 34 10 148 70 78 3 21 374 201 173 1
14 Sun December 16 boxscore L 7-5-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 17 30 12 215 105 110 5 16 315 84 231

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
15 Mike Phipps 26 QB 14 14 7-5-2 148 299 49.5 1719 9 3.0 20 6.7 51 5.7 3.3 11.6 122.8 49.4 44 362 3.96 1.86 12.8 4 2
13 Don Horn 28 14 0 4 8 50.0 22 1 12.5 0 0.0 12 2.8 5.3 5.5 1.6 95.8 1 6 1.78 4.00 11.1
34 Greg Pruitt* 22 KR/PR 13 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.5 14 7-5-2 152 308 49.4 1741 10 3.2 20 6.5 51 5.7 3.4 11.5 124.4 50.5 45 368 3.89 1.91 12.7 4 2
Opp Total 14 144 312 46.2 1984 16 5.1 12 3.8 6.4 5.65 13.8 141.7 68.1 29 248 5.1 4.4 8.5

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. 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
30 Ken Brown 28 FB 14 14 161 537 0 17 3.3 38.4 11.5 22 187 8.5 0 46 1.6 13.4 724 0 5
44 Leroy Kelly 31 RB 13 13 132 389 3 19 2.9 29.9 10.2 15 180 12.0 0 36 1.2 13.8 569 3 3
34 Greg Pruitt* 22 KR/PR 13 0 61 369 4 65 6.0 28.4 4.7 9 110 12.2 1 42 0.7 8.5 479 5 7
15 Mike Phipps 26 QB 14 14 60 395 5 27 6.6 28.2 4.3 395 5 8
35 Bo Scott 30 7 0 34 79 0 20 2.3 11.3 4.9 6 23 3.8 1 9 0.9 3.3 102 1 0
37 Hugh McKinnis 25 14 0 28 77 0 12 2.8 5.5 2.0 3 11 3.7 0 12 0.2 0.8 88 0 1
26 Billy Lefear 23 13 1 26 135 0 43 5.2 10.4 2.0 5 38 7.6 0 13 0.4 2.9 173 0 3
42 Gloster Richardson 31 14 3 3 -10 0 4 -3.3 -0.7 0.2 12 175 14.6 1 32 0.9 12.5 165 1 1
12 Don Cockroft 28 K/P 14 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.2 0.1 -3 0 0
25 Frank Pitts 30 WR 13 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 317 10.2 4 26 2.4 24.4 317 4 1
89 Milt Morin 31 TE 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 417 16.0 1 51 1.9 29.8 417 1 0
43 Fair Hooker 26 WR 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 196 10.9 2 26 1.4 15.1 196 2 0
88 Steve Holden 22 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 27 9.0 0 17 0.3 2.5 27 0 2
83 Chip Glass 26 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 60 30.0 0 47 0.2 5.0 60 0 0
Team Total 26.5 14 506 1968 12 65 3.9 140.6 36.1 152 1741 11.5 10 51 10.9 124.4 3709 22 34
Opp Total 14 513 2091 7 4.1 149.4 36.6 144 1736 12.1 16 10.3 124.0 3827 23 21

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
34 Greg Pruitt* 22 KR/PR 13 0 16 180 0 46 11.3 16 453 0 54 28.3 1112
26 Billy Lefear 23 13 1 7 51 0 19 7.3 15 337 0 59 22.5 561
88 Steve Holden 22 11 0 2 19 0 19 9.5 8 172 0 29 21.5 218
27 Thom Darden 23 FS 11 10 9 51 0 11 5.7 51
53 Mel Long 27 14 0 6 87 0 38 14.5 87
73 Doug Dieken 24 LT 14 14 2 14 0 9 7.0 14
56 Jim Romaniszyn 22 14 0 2 21 0 16 10.5 21
59 Charlie Hall 25 LLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
44 Leroy Kelly 31 RB 13 13 1 7 0 7 7.0 576
Team Total 26.5 14 36 308 0 46 8.6 49 1084 0 59 22.1 5139
Opp Total 14 44 270 0 6.1 48 1165 0 24.3

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. 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
12 Don Cockroft 28 K/P 14 0 4 4 8 7 7 4 11 7 1 31 22 71.0% 24 24 100.0% 82 3321 71 1 40.5
Team Total 26.5 14 4 4 8 7 7 4 11 7 1 31 22 71.0% 24 24 100.0% 82 3321 71 1 40.5
Opp Total 14 46 29 63.0% 24 24 100.0% 78 3151 40.4

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
15 Mike Phipps 26 QB 14 14 0 8 3 0 0
34 Greg Pruitt* 22 KR/PR 13 0 0 7 2 0 0
30 Ken Brown 28 FB 14 14 0 5 1 0 0
26 Billy Lefear 23 13 1 0 3 3 0 0
28 Ben Davis 28 RCB 13 13 2 33 0 20 0 0 0 3 23 0
22 Clarence Scott* 24 LCB 14 14 5 71 1 45 0
27 Thom Darden 23 FS 11 10 1 36 0 36 0 0 2 1 0 0
44 Leroy Kelly 31 RB 13 13 0 3 0 0 0
29 Walt Sumner 26 SS 13 13 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 John Garlington 27 RLB 14 14 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
21 Van Green 22 14 4 0 0 2 15 1
88 Steve Holden 22 11 0 0 2 0 0 0
25 Frank Pitts 30 WR 13 12 0 1 1 0 0
60 Bob Babich 26 MLB 14 13 1 48 0 48 0
61 Bob DeMarco 35 C 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
65 John Demarie 28 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
73 Doug Dieken 24 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
83 Chip Glass 26 12 1 0 0 1 0 0
66 Gene Hickerson 38 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
13 Don Horn 28 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Bob McKay 26 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
37 Hugh McKinnis 25 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
42 Gloster Richardson 31 14 3 0 1 0 0 0
56 Jim Romaniszyn 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.5 14 12 202 1 48 0 0 34 25 38 1
Opp Total 14 21 12 45

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
12 Don Cockroft 28 K/P 14 0 24 24 22 31 90
15 Mike Phipps 26 QB 14 14 5 5 30
34 Greg Pruitt* 22 KR/PR 13 0 4 1 5 30
25 Frank Pitts 30 WR 13 12 4 4 24
44 Leroy Kelly 31 RB 13 13 3 3 18
43 Fair Hooker 26 WR 13 13 2 2 12
21 Van Green 22 14 4 1 1 6
89 Milt Morin 31 TE 14 13 1 1 6
42 Gloster Richardson 31 14 3 1 1 6
35 Bo Scott 30 7 0 1 1 6
22 Clarence Scott* 24 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
Team Total 26.5 14 12 10 1 1 24 24 24 22 31 234
Opp Total 14 7 16 1 24 24 29 46 255

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1973-09-16 BAL W, 24-14 1 26 pass Frank Pitts 26 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
2 1973-09-16 BAL W, 24-14 2 45 interception Clarence Scott 45 yard interception return (Don Cockroft kick)
3 1973-09-16 BAL W, 24-14 3 8 pass Frank Pitts 8 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
4 1973-10-07 CIN W, 17-10 2 3 rush Leroy Kelly 3 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
5 1973-10-07 CIN W, 17-10 3 7 rush Leroy Kelly 7 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
6 1973-10-21 HOU W, 42-13 1 8 rush Leroy Kelly 8 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
7 1973-10-21 HOU W, 42-13 1 1 rush Mike Phipps 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
8 1973-10-21 HOU W, 42-13 2 21 pass Fair Hooker 21 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
9 1973-10-21 HOU W, 42-13 2 3 pass Frank Pitts 3 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
10 1973-10-21 HOU W, 42-13 4 13 rush Mike Phipps 13 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
11 1973-10-21 HOU W, 42-13 4 2 pass Bo Scott 2 yard pass from Don Horn (Don Cockroft kick)
12 1973-10-28 SDG T, 16-16 4 7 rush Greg Pruitt 7 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
13 1973-11-11 @ HOU W, 23-13 1 1 rush Mike Phipps 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
14 1973-11-11 @ HOU W, 23-13 1 53 rush Greg Pruitt 53 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
15 1973-11-18 @ OAK W, 7-3 2 7 pass Fair Hooker 7 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
16 1973-11-25 PIT W, 21-16 1 1 rush Mike Phipps 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
17 1973-11-25 PIT W, 21-16 2 15 pass Greg Pruitt 15 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
18 1973-11-25 PIT W, 21-16 4 19 rush Greg Pruitt 19 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
19 1973-12-02 @ KAN T, 20-20 4 65 rush Greg Pruitt 65 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
20 1973-12-02 @ KAN T, 20-20 4 51 pass Milt Morin 51 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
21 1973-12-09 @ CIN L, 17-34 3 6 pass Gloster Richardson 6 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
22 1973-12-09 @ CIN L, 17-34 3 15 fumble Van Green 15 yard fumble return (Don Cockroft kick)
23 1973-12-16 @ RAM L, 17-30 1 25 rush Mike Phipps 25 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
24 1973-12-16 @ RAM L, 17-30 4 14 pass Frank Pitts 14 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1973-09-16 BAL W, 24-14 2 33 pass Cotton Speyrer 33 yard pass from Bert Jones (George Hunt kick)
2 1973-09-16 BAL W, 24-14 3 2 blocked punt Ted Hendricks 2 yard blocked punt return (George Hunt kick)
3 1973-09-23 @ PIT L, 6-33 1 4 rush John Fuqua 4 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
4 1973-09-23 @ PIT L, 6-33 3 8 pass Frank Lewis 8 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
5 1973-09-23 @ PIT L, 6-33 4 53 pass Frank Lewis 53 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1973-09-30 NYG W, 12-10 2 20 pass Bob Tucker 20 yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick)
7 1973-10-07 CIN W, 17-10 4 60 pass Isaac Curtis 60 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
8 1973-10-15 MIA L, 9-17 3 2 rush Larry Csonka 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1973-10-15 MIA L, 9-17 4 2 rush Larry Csonka 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
10 1973-10-21 HOU W, 42-13 3 34 pass Eddie Hinton 34 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
11 1973-10-28 SDG T, 16-16 2 1 pass Mike Garrett 1 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Ron Holliday run)
12 1973-11-04 @ MIN L, 3-26 3 3 rush Oscar Reed 3 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
13 1973-11-04 @ MIN L, 3-26 4 7 pass Stu Voigt 7 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
14 1973-11-11 @ HOU W, 23-13 4 39 pass Mack Alston 39 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Skip Butler kick)
15 1973-11-25 PIT W, 21-16 1 9 pass Ron Shanklin 9 yard pass from Joe Gilliam (Roy Gerela kick)
16 1973-12-02 @ KAN T, 20-20 1 11 pass Elmo Wright 11 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
17 1973-12-02 @ KAN T, 20-20 4 2 rush Ed Podolak 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
18 1973-12-09 @ CIN L, 17-34 1 9 pass Isaac Curtis 9 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
19 1973-12-09 @ CIN L, 17-34 2 70 pass Isaac Curtis 70 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
20 1973-12-09 @ CIN L, 17-34 2 20 pass Isaac Curtis 20 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
21 1973-12-09 @ CIN L, 17-34 3 1 rush Boobie Clark 1 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
22 1973-12-16 @ RAM L, 17-30 1 23 pass Bob Klein 23 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
23 1973-12-16 @ RAM L, 17-30 2 8 pass Harold Jackson 8 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
24 1973-12-16 @ RAM L, 17-30 2 4 rush Tony Baker 4 yard rush (David Ray kick)