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1981 Cleveland Browns

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5-11-0, Finished 4th in AFC Central Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.5, Offense: -4.1, Defense: -2.4, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 276 points (17.2/g), 24th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 375 points (23.4/g), 23rd.
 Differential of -99 points (-6.2/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 5.2-10.8.

Coach: Sam Rutigliano (5-11-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Marty Schottenheimer

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

Team Info

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

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 276 5915 1138 5.2 53 26 37 364 348 624 3986 21 27 6.0 196 474 1929 11 4.1 131
Team Defense 375 5367 1014 5.3 35 20 23 299 275 469 3289 28 15 6.6 157 516 2078 14 4.0 119
Lg Rank Offense 24 4 28 28 2 3 4 12 23 15 23 20 21 13
Lg Rank Defense 23 16 19 9 12 4 15 25 27 25 15 18 10 15

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 7 boxscore L 0-1 San Diego Chargers 14 44 27 419 366 53 2 28 535 330 205
2 Sun September 13 boxscore L 0-2 Houston Oilers 3 9 20 302 203 99 2 8 209 118 91 4
3 Sun September 20 boxscore W 1-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 20 17 31 422 237 185 15 281 233 48
4 Sun September 27 boxscore W 2-2 Atlanta Falcons 28 17 26 385 207 178 5 14 262 150 112 4
5 Sun October 4 boxscore L 2-3 @ Los Angeles Rams 16 27 16 318 240 78 1 29 410 197 213 1
6 Sun October 11 boxscore L 2-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 13 26 445 279 166 3 19 365 199 166 1
7 Sun October 18 boxscore W 3-4 New Orleans Saints 20 17 23 355 261 94 1 14 334 192 142 1
8 Sun October 25 boxscore W 4-4 Baltimore Colts 42 28 30 562 431 131 6 18 357 239 118 3
9 Sun November 1 boxscore L 4-5 @ Buffalo Bills 13 22 14 211 140 71 3 21 469 297 172 5
10 Sun November 8 boxscore L OT 4-6 @ Denver Broncos 20 23 20 362 280 82 4 22 362 246 116 2
11 Sun November 15 boxscore W 5-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 15 12 14 267 161 106 2 21 305 187 118 2
12 Sun November 22 boxscore L 5-7 Pittsburgh Steelers 10 32 22 365 219 146 7 25 362 223 139 5
13 Sun November 29 boxscore L 5-8 Cincinnati Bengals 21 41 23 349 224 125 3 24 356 226 130
14 Thu December 3 boxscore L 5-9 @ Houston Oilers 13 17 28 367 177 190 2 7 154 120 34 1
15 Sat December 12 boxscore L 5-10 New York Jets 13 14 17 334 260 74 2 18 314 150 164 2
16 Sun December 20 boxscore L 5-11 @ Seattle Seahawks 21 42 27 452 301 151 10 16 292 182 110 4

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
17 Brian Sipe 32 QB 16 16 5-11-0 313 567 55.2% 3876 17 3.0 25 4.4 62 6.8 5.5 12.4 242.3 68.2 34 310 5.93 4.63 5.7 2 2
16 Paul McDonald 23 12 0 35 57 61.4% 463 4 7.0 2 3.5 46 8.1 7.9 13.2 38.6 95.9 6 43 6.67 6.51 9.5
Team Total 27.0 16 5-11-0 348 624 55.8% 4339 21 3.4 27 4.3 62 7.0 5.7 12.5 271.2 70.7 40 353 6.00 4.81 6.0 2 2
Opp Total 16 275 469 58.6% 3512 28 6.0 15 3.2 7.5 7.24 12.8 219.5 88.7 29 223 6.6 6.4 5.8

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
43 Mike Pruitt 27 FB 16 15 247 1103 7 21 4.5 68.9 15.4 63 442 7.0 1 21 3.9 27.6 1545 8 5
25 Charles White 23 RB 16 9 97 342 1 26 3.5 21.4 6.1 27 219 8.1 0 21 1.7 13.7 561 1 8
30 Cleo Miller 29 rb 12 3 52 165 2 13 3.2 13.8 4.3 16 139 8.7 0 17 1.3 11.6 304 2 0
17 Brian Sipe 32 QB 16 16 38 153 1 22 4.0 9.6 2.4 153 1 10
34 Greg Pruitt 30 rb 15 5 31 124 0 15 4.0 8.3 2.1 65 636 9.8 4 33 4.3 42.4 760 4 3
35 Calvin Hill 34 14 0 4 23 0 9 5.8 1.6 0.3 17 150 8.8 2 23 1.2 10.7 173 2 1
82 Ozzie Newsome* 25 TE 16 16 2 20 0 14 10.0 1.3 0.1 69 1002 14.5 6 62 4.3 62.6 1022 6 0
16 Paul McDonald 23 12 0 2 0 0 2 0.0 0.0 0.2 0 0 4
83 Ricky Feacher 27 wr 16 7 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 29 654 22.6 3 48 1.8 40.9 653 3 0
85 Dave Logan 27 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 497 16.0 4 40 2.2 35.5 497 4 0
33 Reggie Rucker 34 WR 14 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 532 19.7 1 49 1.9 38.0 532 1 0
86 Danny Fulton 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 38 19.0 0 27 0.4 7.6 38 0 0
80 Willis Adams 25 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 24 24.0 0 24 0.1 3.4 24 0 0
84 McDonald Oden 23 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.4 6 0 0
Team Total 27.0 16 474 1929 11 26 4.1 120.6 29.6 348 4339 12.5 21 62 21.8 271.2 6268 32 38
Opp Total 16 516 2078 14 4.0 129.9 32.3 275 3289 12.0 28 17.2 205.6 5367 42 31

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
26 Dino Hall 26 KR/PR 12 0 33 248 0 40 7.5 36 813 0 48 22.6 1061
24 Cleo Montgomery 25 4 0 17 121 0 17 7.1 14 334 0 38 23.9 455
25 Charles White 23 RB 16 9 12 243 0 32 20.3 804
30 Cleo Miller 29 rb 12 3 3 35 0 22 11.7 339
34 Greg Pruitt 30 rb 15 5 3 82 0 30 27.3 842
97 Thomas Brown 24 de 16 4 2 17 0 10 8.5 17
51 Eddie Johnson 22 16 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
71 Matt Miller 25 16 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
Team Total 27.0 16 50 369 0 40 7.4 72 1537 0 48 21.3 8174
Opp Total 16 30 253 0 8.4 45 1156 0 25.7

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
15 Steve Cox 23 P 16 0 1 1 0.0%% 68 2884 66 2 42.4
9 Matt Bahr 25 K 11 0 3 3 5 5 9 5 2 1 20 13 65.0%% 22 22 100.0%%
10 Dave Jacobs 24 k 5 0 3 2 6 2 1 2 12 4 33.3%% 10 9 90.0%%
Team Total 27.0 16 3 3 8 7 15 7 3 4 33 17 51.5%% 32 31 96.9%% 68 2884 66 2 42.4
Opp Total 16 34 21 61.8%% 45 40 88.9%% 78 3175 40.7

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
57 Clay Matthews 25 ROLB 16 16 2 14 0 8 0 0 0 2 16 0 128 0
17 Brian Sipe 32 QB 16 16 0 10 4 -39 0
25 Charles White 23 RB 16 9 0 8 3 0 0
43 Mike Pruitt 27 FB 16 15 0 5 2 0 0
22 Clarence Scott 32 SS 16 16 4 46 0 26 0 0 0 3 0 0
27 Thom Darden 31 FS 13 10 3 68 0 45 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Dino Hall 26 KR/PR 12 0 0 5 0 0 0
16 Paul McDonald 23 12 0 0 4 0 0 0
52 Dick Ambrose 28 RILB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
28 Ron Bolton 31 LCB 16 16 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0
24 Cleo Montgomery 25 4 0 0 2 1 0 0
34 Greg Pruitt 30 rb 15 5 0 3 0 0 0
20 Judson Flint 24 16 0 2 33 0 33 0
56 Robert Jackson 27 LILB 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
79 Gerry Sullivan 29 c 16 8 0 0 2 0 0
77 Lyle Alzado 32 RDE 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
24 Autry Beamon 28 db 14 4 0 0 1 5 0
91 Henry Bradley 28 NT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
97 Thomas Brown 24 de 16 4 0 0 1 0 0
50 Don Goode 30 LOLB 16 16 1 1 0 1 0
35 Calvin Hill 34 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
51 Eddie Johnson 22 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Dave Logan 27 WR 14 14 1 0 0 0 0
92 Mike Robinson 25 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.0 16 15 165 0 45 0 0 38 31 -18 0 128 0
Opp Total 16 40 31 11 1

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
9 Matt Bahr 25 K 11 0 22 13 61
43 Mike Pruitt 27 FB 16 15 7 1 8 48
82 Ozzie Newsome* 25 TE 16 16 6 6 36
85 Dave Logan 27 WR 14 14 4 4 24
34 Greg Pruitt 30 rb 15 5 4 4 24
10 Dave Jacobs 24 k 5 0 9 4 21
83 Ricky Feacher 27 wr 16 7 3 3 18
35 Calvin Hill 34 14 0 2 2 12
30 Cleo Miller 29 rb 12 3 2 2 12
33 Reggie Rucker 34 WR 14 11 1 1 6
17 Brian Sipe 32 QB 16 16 1 1 6
25 Charles White 23 RB 16 9 1 1 6
Team Total 27.0 16 11 21 32 31 17 1 274
Opp Total 16 14 28 1 1 40 21 1 375

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-07 SDG L, 14-44 2 18 pass Ricky Feacher 18 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Dave Jacobs kick)
2 1981-09-07 SDG L, 14-44 3 4 pass Greg Pruitt 4 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Dave Jacobs kick)
3 1981-09-20 @ CIN W, 20-17 2 4 pass Ozzie Newsome 4 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Dave Jacobs kick)
4 1981-09-20 @ CIN W, 20-17 4 12 rush Mike Pruitt 12 yard rush (Dave Jacobs kick)
5 1981-09-27 ATL W, 28-17 2 13 pass Mike Pruitt 13 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Dave Jacobs kick)
6 1981-09-27 ATL W, 28-17 2 23 pass Ozzie Newsome 23 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Dave Jacobs kick)
7 1981-09-27 ATL W, 28-17 2 1 rush Brian Sipe 1 yard rush (Dave Jacobs kick)
8 1981-09-27 ATL W, 28-17 3 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (Dave Jacobs kick)
9 1981-10-04 @ RAM L, 16-27 3 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (Dave Jacobs kick)
10 1981-10-04 @ RAM L, 16-27 4 38 pass Ozzie Newsome 38 yard pass from Brian Sipe
11 1981-10-11 @ PIT L, 7-13 2 29 pass Ozzie Newsome 29 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
12 1981-10-18 NOR W, 20-17 1 8 rush Mike Pruitt 8 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
13 1981-10-18 NOR W, 20-17 4 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
14 1981-10-25 BAL W, 42-28 1 1 pass Ozzie Newsome 1 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
15 1981-10-25 BAL W, 42-28 2 22 pass Greg Pruitt 22 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
16 1981-10-25 BAL W, 42-28 2 40 pass Dave Logan 40 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
17 1981-10-25 BAL W, 42-28 2 2 rush Charles White 2 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
18 1981-10-25 BAL W, 42-28 3 28 pass Ricky Feacher 28 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
19 1981-10-25 BAL W, 42-28 4 16 rush Mike Pruitt 16 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
20 1981-11-01 @ BUF L, 13-22 4 12 pass Ozzie Newsome 12 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
21 1981-11-08 @ DEN L, 20-23 2 1 rush Cleo Miller 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
22 1981-11-08 @ DEN L, 20-23 3 23 pass Dave Logan 23 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
23 1981-11-15 @ SFO W, 15-12 4 21 pass Reggie Rucker 21 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
24 1981-11-22 PIT L, 10-32 2 13 pass Dave Logan 13 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
25 1981-11-29 CIN L, 21-41 2 30 pass Ricky Feacher 30 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
26 1981-11-29 CIN L, 21-41 4 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
27 1981-11-29 CIN L, 21-41 4 7 pass Greg Pruitt 7 yard pass from Paul McDonald (Matt Bahr kick)
28 1981-12-03 @ HOU L, 13-17 4 1 rush Cleo Miller 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
29 1981-12-12 NYJ L, 13-14 3 8 pass Calvin Hill 8 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
30 1981-12-20 @ SEA L, 21-42 2 5 pass Greg Pruitt 5 yard pass from Paul McDonald (Matt Bahr kick)
31 1981-12-20 @ SEA L, 21-42 3 16 pass Dave Logan 16 yard pass from Paul McDonald (Matt Bahr kick)
32 1981-12-20 @ SEA L, 21-42 4 8 pass Calvin Hill 8 yard pass from Paul McDonald (Matt Bahr kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-07 SDG W, 44-14 1 4 rush James Brooks 4 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
2 1981-09-07 SDG W, 44-14 2 9 rush Chuck Muncie 9 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
3 1981-09-07 SDG W, 44-14 3 13 pass James Brooks 13 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
4 1981-09-07 SDG W, 44-14 3 4 pass Hank Bauer 4 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
5 1981-09-07 SDG W, 44-14 4 38 pass Ron Smith 38 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
6 1981-09-20 @ CIN L, 17-20 4 41 pass Cris Collinsworth 41 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
7 1981-09-20 @ CIN L, 17-20 4 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
8 1981-09-27 ATL L, 17-28 2 18 pass Alfred Jenkins 18 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Mick Luckhurst kick)
9 1981-09-27 ATL L, 17-28 4 5 pass Alfred Jenkins 5 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Mick Luckhurst kick)
10 1981-10-04 @ RAM W, 27-16 1 2 rush Wendell Tyler 2 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
11 1981-10-04 @ RAM W, 27-16 2 1 pass Wendell Tyler 1 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
12 1981-10-04 @ RAM W, 27-16 4 4 rush Mike Guman 4 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
13 1981-10-11 @ PIT W, 13-7 1 9 pass John Stallworth 9 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (David Trout kick)
14 1981-10-18 NOR L, 17-20 1 79 rush George Rogers 79 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
15 1981-10-18 NOR L, 17-20 2 8 pass Wayne Wilson 8 yard pass from Tom Myers (Benny Ricardo kick)
16 1981-10-25 BAL L, 28-42 2 3 pass Curtis Dickey 3 yard pass from Bert Jones (Mike Wood kick)
17 1981-10-25 BAL L, 28-42 3 11 lateral Greg Landry 11 yard lateral return (Mike Wood kick)
18 1981-10-25 BAL L, 28-42 3 36 pass Ray Butler 36 yard pass from Bert Jones (Mike Wood kick)
19 1981-10-25 BAL L, 28-42 4 5 pass Ray Butler 5 yard pass from Bert Jones (Mike Wood kick)
20 1981-11-01 @ BUF W, 22-13 1 58 pass Joe Cribbs 58 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (run failed)
21 1981-11-01 @ BUF W, 22-13 2 15 pass Joe Cribbs 15 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
22 1981-11-01 @ BUF W, 22-13 4 60 pass Joe Cribbs 60 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1981-11-08 @ DEN W, 23-20 2 5 pass Steve Watson 5 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
24 1981-11-08 @ DEN W, 23-20 4 4 rush Dave Preston 4 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
25 1981-11-22 PIT W, 32-10 1 1 rush Greg Hawthorne 1 yard rush
26 1981-11-22 PIT W, 32-10 1 3 rush Sidney Thornton 3 yard rush
27 1981-11-22 PIT W, 32-10 3 2 rush Franco Harris 2 yard rush
28 1981-11-22 PIT W, 32-10 4 1 pass Ray Pinney 1 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (David Trout kick)
29 1981-11-22 PIT W, 32-10 4 5 pass Rick Moser 5 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (David Trout kick)
30 1981-11-29 CIN W, 41-21 1 5 pass Pete Johnson 5 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
31 1981-11-29 CIN W, 41-21 1 39 pass Cris Collinsworth 39 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
32 1981-11-29 CIN W, 41-21 2 7 pass Cris Collinsworth 7 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
33 1981-11-29 CIN W, 41-21 2 2 pass M.L. Harris 2 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
34 1981-11-29 CIN W, 41-21 4 11 rush Pete Johnson 11 yard rush
35 1981-11-29 CIN W, 41-21 4 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
36 1981-12-03 @ HOU W, 17-13 3 30 pass Dave Casper 30 yard pass from Gifford Nielsen (Toni Fritsch kick)
37 1981-12-03 @ HOU W, 17-13 3 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
38 1981-12-12 NYJ W, 14-13 2 28 pass Lam Jones 28 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
39 1981-12-12 NYJ W, 14-13 2 7 pass Bruce Harper 7 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
40 1981-12-20 @ SEA W, 42-21 1 82 interception Kenny Easley 82 yard interception return (Wilson Alvarez kick)
41 1981-12-20 @ SEA W, 42-21 1 2 rush Theotis Brown 2 yard rush (Wilson Alvarez kick)
42 1981-12-20 @ SEA W, 42-21 2 4 pass Steve Largent 4 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Wilson Alvarez kick)
43 1981-12-20 @ SEA W, 42-21 2 31 fumble Gregg Johnson 31 yard fumble return (Wilson Alvarez kick)
44 1981-12-20 @ SEA W, 42-21 3 10 pass Paul Johns 10 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Wilson Alvarez kick)
45 1981-12-20 @ SEA W, 42-21 3 14 pass Steve Largent 14 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Wilson Alvarez kick)