|1980 Cleveland Browns season|
|Head Coach||Sam Rutigliano|
|Home Field||Cleveland Stadium|
|Place||1st AFC Central|
|Playoff Finish||Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs|
|Previous season||Next season|
The following were selected in the 1980 NFL Draft.
|1||27||Charles White||Running Back||USC|
|2||54||Cleveland Crosby||Defensive End||Wisconsin|
|3||72||Cliff Odom||Linebacker||University of Texas at Arlington|
|4||99||Ron Crews||Nose Tackle||UNLV|
|5||116||Elvis Franks||Defensive End||Morgan State|
|8||209||Jeff Copeland||Linebacker||Texas Tech|
|9||236||Roy De Walt||Running Back||University of Texas at Arlington|
|10||263||Kevin Fidel||Center||San Diego State|
|11||294||Roland Sales||Running Back||Arkansas|
|12||321||Marcus Jackson||Defensive End||Purdue|
- Facing a third and 20 from the Packers' 46 yard line with 16 seconds left, Brian Sipe completes a pass to Dave Logan for the winning touchdown.
Week 8 (Home) – Browns 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 26
- Sipe and company fight back from deficits of 10–0, 20–7, and 26–14 to defeat the Steelers in Cleveland. Ozzie Newsome hauls in the winning catch with 5:35 to play.
Week 9 (Home) – Browns 27, Chicago Bears 21
- Although Mike Pruitt's 56-yard touchdown run ultimately wins the game for Cleveland, Sipe throws for 298 yards and reaches a milestone in Browns history, becoming the Browns' all-time passing leader.
Week 11 (Away)- Browns 13, Pittsburgh Steelers 16
- Seeking their first ever win at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium, the Browns are once again denied, this time on a Terry Bradshaw to Lynn Swann touchdown with eleven seconds left. It marks the Browns' 11th consecutive defeat at Pittsburgh.
- The Browns relinquish a 23–9 lead with only 7:15 remaining. The game is probably most remembered for Browns Safety Thom Darden's deflection of Tommy Kramer's "Hail Mary pass", which is caught by Ahmad Rashad as time expires. Kramer's 456 passing yards were the most ever given up by the Browns.
- Needing a win to secure the Central Division title, the Browns hold off the Bengals 27–24. Don Cockroft's game winning field goal comes with 1:25 left to play.
|1||September 7, 1980||at New England Patriots||L 34–17|
|2||September 15, 1980||Houston Oilers||L 16–7|
|3||September 21, 1980||Kansas City Chiefs||W 20–13|
|4||September 28, 1980||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 34–27|
|5||October 5, 1980||Denver Broncos||L 19–16|
|6||October 12, 1980||at Seattle Seahawks||W 27–3|
|7||October 19, 1980||Green Bay Packers||W 26–21|
|8||October 26, 1980||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 27–26|
|9||November 3, 1980||Chicago Bears||W 27–21|
|10||November 9, 1980||at Baltimore Colts||W 28–27|
|11||November 16, 1980||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 16–13|
|12||November 23, 1980||Cincinnati Bengals||W 31–7|
|13||November 30, 1980||at Houston Oilers||W 17–14|
|14||December 7, 1980||New York Jets||W 17–14|
|15||December 14, 1980||at Minnesota Vikings||L 28–23|
|16||December 21, 1980||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 27–24|
1980 Cleveland Browns roster
Rookies in italics
AFC Divisional Playoff
- Oakland Raiders 14, Cleveland Browns 12
- TV: NBC
- Attendance: 77,655
In a play that has become known as Red Right 88, Raiders safety Mike Davis intercepted Browns quarterback Brian Sipe's pass in the end zone with 41 seconds left in the game to preserve Oakland's 14–12 victory. Instead of opting for a game-winning field goal, Cleveland decided to attempt a pass play because kicker Don Cockroft had previously missed two field goal attempts, had another aborted following a bad snap, and had one extra point blocked.
Awards and records
- Brian Sipe, NFL MVP
- Brian Sipe, PFWA MVP
- Brian Sipe, UPI AFL-AFC Offensive Player of the Year
- Brian Sipe, AFC Leader, Touchdown Passes (30), Tied with another player
- "1980 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. http://www.webcitation.org/5iY0EMboP. Retrieved 2009-07-24.