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1985 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer
Home Field Cleveland Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Place 1st AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost Divisional Playoffs
Uniform
AFCN-Throwback-Uniform-CLE
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1984 1986

The 1985 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 36th season with the National Football League.

In Marty Schottenheimer's first full year as head coach, the Browns bounced back from a horrible 5–11 season in 1984 to make the playoffs, despite a .500 season. Rookie quarterback Bernie Kosar led the Browns' offense; Ozzie Newsome's 62 receptions earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl; Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack each rushed for over 1,000 yards.

In the Divisional Playoffs, the Browns led the Miami Dolphins 21–3 in the third quarter, but in a scene that would be repeated 4 more times in the 1980s, the Browns collapsed down the stretch as the Dolphins came back to score three touchdowns to win the game 24–21.

Until 2011, Cleveland's .500 winning percentage held the record for the lowest such percentage for a division winning playoff team in a non-strike season; the record was tied by the 2008 San Diego Chargers, then broken by the 2010 Seattle Seahawks. (Incidentally, in 1985 and 2008, an 11–5 team [Denver in 1985, New England in 2008] missed the playoffs.) Cleveland was able to advance by winning their relatively weak division.

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1985 Cleveland Browns staff
Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

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ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 8, 1985 St. Louis Cardinals L 27–24
62,107
2 September 16, 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers W 17–7
79,042
3 September 22, 1985 at Dallas Cowboys L 20–7
61,456
4 September 29, 1985 at San Diego Chargers W 21–7
52,107
5 October 6, 1985 New England Patriots W 24–20
62,139
6 October 13, 1985 at Houston Oilers W 21–6
38,386
7 October 20, 1985 Los Angeles Raiders L 21–20
77,928
8 October 27, 1985 Washington Redskins L 14–7
78,540
9 November 3, 1985 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–9
51,976
10 November 10, 1985 at Cincinnati Bengals L 27–10
57,293
11 November 17, 1985 Buffalo Bills W 17–7
54,478
12 November 24, 1985 Cincinnati Bengals W 24–6
74,439
13 December 1, 1985 at New York Giants W 35–33
66,482
14 December 8, 1985 at Seattle Seahawks L 31–13
58,477
15 December 15, 1985 Houston Oilers W 28–21
50,793
16 December 22, 1985 at New York Jets L 37–10
59,073

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 4, 1986 at Miami Dolphins L 24–21
75,128

StandingsEdit

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 8 8 0 .500 287 294 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 9 0 .438 379 355 L-1
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 441 437 L-2
Houston Oilers 5 11 0 .313 284 412 L-4

ReferencesEdit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1985 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XX

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