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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
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 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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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 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(+),
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
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(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. 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(+),
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
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(+),
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 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. 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 17 274
Opp Total 16 14 28 1 1 40 21 1 375