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1978 Cleveland Browns

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8-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.0, Offense: 2.5, Defense: -4.5, SoS: -0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 334 points (20.9/g), 8th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 356 points (22.2/g), 25th.
 Differential of -22 points (-1.4/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 7.4-8.6.

Coach: Sam Rutigliano (8-8-0)

Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: Kent State (Kent, Ohio)

Team Info

Principal Owner Art Modell
General Manager Peter Hadhazy
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 334 5347 1036 5.2 50 29 30 293 236 442 2859 22 21 6.0 130 559 2488 17 4.5 133
Team Defense 356 5352 1083 4.9 45 18 38 329 265 489 3203 20 27 6.2 175 563 2149 19 3.8 116
Lg Rank Offense 8 5 25 28 11 10 8 6 12 10 16 5 10 4
Lg Rank Defense 25 25 5 12 27 28 28 20 7 25 12 11 19 13

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 3 boxscore W 1-0 San Francisco 49ers 24 7 18 393 180 213 3 18 295 164 131 6
2 Sun September 10 boxscore W OT 2-0 Cincinnati Bengals 13 10 20 355 186 169 1 14 277 162 115 1
3 Sun September 17 boxscore W 3-0 @ Atlanta Falcons 24 16 17 308 198 110 3 17 234 147 87 4
4 Sun September 24 boxscore L OT 3-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 9 15 19 199 102 97 2 18 339 200 139 3
5 Sun October 1 boxscore L 3-2 Houston Oilers 13 16 11 182 104 78 4 20 379 215 164 4
6 Sun October 8 boxscore W 4-2 @ New Orleans Saints 24 16 20 271 92 179 3 21 298 231 67 2
7 Sun October 15 boxscore L 4-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 34 19 360 228 132 4 20 321 153 168
8 Sun October 22 boxscore L 4-4 @ Kansas City Chiefs 3 17 11 162 51 111 3 17 238 48 190
9 Sun October 29 boxscore W 5-4 Buffalo Bills 41 20 28 532 223 309 1 28 283 201 82 3
10 Sun November 5 boxscore L 5-5 @ Houston Oilers 10 14 10 194 166 28 1 18 392 236 156 4
11 Sun November 12 boxscore L 5-6 Denver Broncos 7 19 14 255 145 110 3 17 323 214 109 2
12 Sun November 19 boxscore W 6-6 @ Baltimore Colts 45 24 20 480 309 171 2 22 329 267 62 1
13 Sun November 26 boxscore W 7-6 Los Angeles Rams 30 19 16 357 227 130 3 24 363 215 148 5
14 Sun December 3 boxscore L 7-7 @ Seattle Seahawks 24 47 24 452 259 193 6 28 418 235 183 2
15 Sun December 10 boxscore W OT 8-7 New York Jets 37 34 29 519 283 236 5 20 369 266 103 5
16 Sun December 17 boxscore L 8-8 @ Cincinnati Bengals 16 48 17 328 106 222 6 27 494 249 245 3

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
17 Brian Sipe 29 QB 16 16 8-8-0 222 399 55.6 2906 21 5.3 15 3.8 69 7.3 6.6 13.1 181.6 80.7 29 229 6.25 5.66 6.8 2 2
15 Mark Miller 22 8 0 13 39 33.3 212 1 2.6 4 10.3 44 5.4 1.3 16.3 26.5 21.5 5 47 3.75 0.11 11.4
34 Greg Pruitt 27 RB 12 12 0 3 0.0 0 0 0.0 2 66.7 0 0.0 -30.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -30.00 0.0
8 Johnny Evans 22 P 16 0 1 1 100.0 19 0 0.0 0 0.0 19 19.0 19.0 19.0 1.2 118.7 0 0 19.00 19.00 0.0
35 Calvin Hill 31 rb 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 -2.00 -2.00 100.0
Team Total 26.3 16 8-8-0 236 442 53.4 3137 22 5.0 21 4.8 69 7.1 6.0 13.3 196.1 72.9 35 278 5.99 4.94 7.3 2 2
Opp Total 16 265 489 54.2 3435 20 4.1 27 5.5 7.0 5.36 13.0 214.7 67.1 31 232 6.2 4.6 6.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
34 Greg Pruitt 27 RB 12 12 176 960 3 70 5.5 80.0 14.7 38 292 7.7 2 26 3.2 24.3 1252 5 12
43 Mike Pruitt 24 FB 16 9 135 560 5 71 4.1 35.0 8.4 20 112 5.6 0 15 1.3 7.0 672 5 3
30 Cleo Miller 26 rb 15 9 89 336 1 18 3.8 22.4 5.9 20 152 7.6 0 23 1.3 10.1 488 1 2
35 Calvin Hill 31 rb 12 1 80 289 1 21 3.6 24.1 6.7 25 334 13.4 6 53 2.1 27.8 623 7 2
17 Brian Sipe 29 QB 16 16 28 87 3 35 3.1 5.4 1.8 87 3 12
23 Larry Collins 23 KR 15 1 22 64 1 19 2.9 4.3 1.5 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 68 1 4
82 Ozzie Newsome 22 TE 16 16 13 96 2 33 7.4 6.0 0.8 38 589 15.5 2 47 2.4 36.8 685 4 1
15 Mark Miller 22 8 0 7 63 1 17 9.0 7.9 0.9 63 1 1
26 Tom Sullivan 28 4 0 5 7 0 5 1.4 1.8 1.3 1 20 20.0 0 20 0.3 5.0 27 0 1
33 Reggie Rucker 31 WR 15 15 2 14 0 9 7.0 0.9 0.1 43 893 20.8 8 69 2.9 59.5 907 8 3
8 Johnny Evans 22 P 16 0 2 12 0 12 6.0 0.8 0.1 12 0 0
85 Dave Logan 24 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 585 15.8 4 44 2.3 36.6 585 4 0
89 Keith Wright 22 PR 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 76 9.5 0 20 0.5 4.8 76 0 6
83 Ricky Feacher 24 wr 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 76 19.0 0 42 0.3 4.8 76 0 0
84 Gary Parris 28 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 4 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 559 2488 17 71 4.5 155.5 34.9 236 3137 13.3 22 69 14.8 196.1 5625 39 50
Opp Total 16 563 2149 19 3.8 134.3 35.2 265 3203 12.1 20 16.6 200.2 5352 39 35

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
89 Keith Wright 22 PR 16 0 37 288 0 42 7.8 30 789 0 86 26.3 1153
23 Larry Collins 23 KR 15 1 32 709 0 41 22.2 777
26 Tom Sullivan 28 4 0 4 90 0 27 22.5 117
82 Ozzie Newsome 22 TE 16 16 2 29 0 24 14.5 714
24 Randy Rich 25 9 0 2 43 0 24 21.5 43
68 Robert Jackson 25 RG 16 16 1 19 0 19 19.0 19
30 Cleo Miller 26 rb 15 9 1 15 0 15 15.0 503
34 Greg Pruitt 27 RB 12 12 1 31 0 31 31.0 1283
33 Reggie Rucker 31 WR 15 15 1 1 0 1 1.0 908
Team Total 26.3 16 39 317 0 42 8.1 72 1697 0 86 23.6 7639
Opp Total 16 41 366 0 8.9 72 1469 1 20.4

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT 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
8 Johnny Evans 22 P 16 0 79 3089 65 0 39.1
12 Don Cockroft 33 K 16 0 2 1 7 6 5 2 12 10 2 28 19 67.9% 40 37 92.5%
Team Total 26.3 16 2 1 7 6 5 2 12 10 2 28 19 67.9% 40 37 92.5% 79 3089 65 0 39.1
Opp Total 16 29 22 75.9% 41 36 87.8% 82 3149 38.4

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
57 Clay Matthews 22 lb 15 2 1 5 0 5 0 34 0
17 Brian Sipe 29 QB 16 16 0 12 4 -11 0
34 Greg Pruitt 27 RB 12 12 0 12 1 0 0
27 Thom Darden* 28 FS 16 16 10 200 0 46 0 0 0 2 0 0
89 Keith Wright 22 PR 16 0 0 6 2 0 0
21 Oliver Davis 24 RCB 13 13 6 65 1 33 0
23 Larry Collins 23 KR 15 1 0 4 1 0 0
43 Mike Pruitt 24 FB 16 9 0 3 2 0 0
22 Clarence Scott 29 LCB 16 12 3 15 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Dick Ambrose 25 MLB 16 16 2 46 0 39 0 0 0 1 0 0
28 Ron Bolton 28 lcb 10 8 0 0 3 43 0
86 Gerald Irons 31 RLB 14 14 2 9 0 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
30 Cleo Miller 26 rb 15 9 0 2 1 1 0
33 Reggie Rucker 31 WR 15 15 0 3 0 0 0
74 Mike St. Clair 25 LDE 16 12 0 0 3 -5 0
79 Gerry Sullivan 26 t 16 3 0 2 1 -26 0
54 Tom DeLeone 28 C 15 15 0 0 2 0 0
73 Doug Dieken 29 LT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
59 Charlie Hall 30 LLB 16 16 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Calvin Hill 31 rb 12 1 0 2 0 0 0
70 Mack Mitchell 26 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
20 Tony Peters 25 SS 16 15 2 7 0 7 0
78 Mickey Sims 23 15 0 0 0 2 0 0
63 Barry Darrow 28 RT 16 14 0 0 1 0 0
8 Johnny Evans 22 P 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
83 Ricky Feacher 24 wr 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
47 Ricky Jones 23 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Dave Logan 24 WR 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
15 Mark Miller 22 8 0 0 1 0 -3 0
82 Ozzie Newsome 22 TE 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
84 Gary Parris 28 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Randy Rich 25 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 Henry Sheppard 26 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
26 Tom Sullivan 28 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 27 353 1 46 0 0 50 39 -1 0 34 0
Opp Total 16 35 35 17 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
12 Don Cockroft 33 K 16 0 37 19 94
33 Reggie Rucker 31 WR 15 15 8 8 48
35 Calvin Hill 31 rb 12 1 1 6 7 42
34 Greg Pruitt 27 RB 12 12 3 2 5 30
43 Mike Pruitt 24 FB 16 9 5 5 30
85 Dave Logan 24 WR 16 16 4 4 24
82 Ozzie Newsome 22 TE 16 16 2 2 4 24
17 Brian Sipe 29 QB 16 16 3 3 18
23 Larry Collins 23 KR 15 1 1 1 6
21 Oliver Davis 24 RCB 13 13 1 1 6
30 Cleo Miller 26 rb 15 9 1 1 6
15 Mark Miller 22 8 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.3 16 17 22 1 40 37 19 334
Opp Total 16 19 20 1 2 36 22 1 356