1981 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Sam Rutigliano
Home Field Cleveland Stadium
Results
Record 5–11–0
Place 4th AFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1980 1982

The 1981 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 32nd season with the National Football League.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

The following were selected in the 1981 NFL Draft.

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
1 22 Hanford Dixon Defensive Back Southern Miss
4 92 Mike Robinson Defensive End Arizona
5 134 Steve Cox Punter Arkansas
6 160 Ron Simmons Defensive Tackle Florida State
7 187 Eddie Johnson Linebacker Louisville
9 244 Randy Schleusener Guard Nebraska
10 271 Dean Prater Defensive End Oklahoma State
11 298 Larry Friday Defensive Back Mississippi State
12 325 Kevin McGill Offensive Tackle Oregon

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Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1981 San Diego Chargers L 44–14
78,904
2 September 13, 1981 Houston Oilers L 9–3
79,483
3 September 20, 1981 at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–17
52,170
4 September 27, 1981 Atlanta Falcons W 28–17
78,283
5 October 4, 1981 at Los Angeles Rams L 27–16
63,924
6 October 11, 1981 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–7
53,255
7 October 18, 1981 New Orleans Saints W 20–17
76,059
8 October 25, 1981 Baltimore Colts W 42–28
78,986
9 November 1, 1981 at Buffalo Bills L 22–13
78,266
10 November 8, 1981 at Denver Broncos L 23–20 (OT)
74,859
11 November 15, 1981 at San Francisco 49ers W 15–12
52,455
12 November 22, 1981 Pittsburgh Steelers L 32–10
77,958
13 November 29, 1981 Cincinnati Bengals L 41–21
75,186
14 December 3, 1981 at Houston Oilers L 17–13
44,502
15 December 12, 1981 New York Jets L 14–13
56,866
16 December 20, 1981 at Seattle Seahawks L 42–21
51,435

Standings[edit | edit source]

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Cincinnati Bengals 12 4 0 .750 421 304
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0 .500 356 297
Houston Oilers 7 9 0 .438 281 355
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 276 375

Roster[edit | edit source]

1981 Cleveland Browns rosterview · talk · edit
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics


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References[edit | edit source]

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1981 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XVI


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