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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
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 234 3341 859 3.9 37 17 14 200 152 308 1373 10 20 3.9 79 506 1968 12 3.9 107
Team Defense 255 3827 854 4.5 21 9 15 196 144 312 1736 16 12 5.1 79 513 2091 7 4.1 102
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

W# 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. 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
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. 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
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. Player 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 11 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 5101
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. 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
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. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD 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 11 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 45 21 12

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
12 Don Cockroft 28 K/P 14 0 24 22 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 22 234
Opp Total 14 7 16 24 29 255

Touchdown Log

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