1982 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Sam Rutigliano
Home Field Cleveland Stadium
Record 4–5–0
Place 8th AFC
Playoff Finish Lost First Round Playoffs
Previous Season Next Season
1981 1983
The 1982 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 33rd season with the National Football League.

The Browns were among 8 teams that qualified for the playoffs during this strike shorted season, and became one of only three teams to ever qualify for the playoffs despite having a losing record.[1][2] The Browns and the Detroit Lions from the same year are the only two teams with a losing record to qualify as wildcards. In 2010, the Seattle Seahawks became the third team with a losing record to qualify for the playoffs and the first team to win a division title with a losing record.[2] In 1982, the Los Angeles Raiders eliminated the Browns from the playoffs for a second consecutive season, 27–10.

The Browns' first round draft pick, rookie sensation linebacker Chip Banks earned 6.5 sacks in just nine games.



1982 Cleveland Browns roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics

NFL DraftEdit

The following were selected in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
13Chip BanksLinebacker USC
231Keith BaldwinDefensive End Texas A&M
487Dwight WalkerRunning Back Nicholls State
5115Mike BaabCenter Texas
6162Mike WhitwellDefensive Back Texas A&M
8199Mark KafentzisDefensive Back Hawaii
8204Van HeflinTight End Vanderbilt
8211Bill JacksonDefensive Back North Carolina
9227Milton BakerTight End West Texas A&M
10255Ricky FloydRunning Back Southern Miss
11282Steve MichutaQuarterback Grand Valley State
12310Scott NicolasLinebacker Miami



Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1982 at Seattle Seahawks W 21–7
2 September 19, 1982 Philadelphia Eagles L 24–21
3 November 21, 1982 New England Patriots W 10–7
4 November 25, 1982 at Dallas Cowboys L 31–14
5 December 5, 1982 San Diego Chargers L 30–13
6 December 12, 1982 at Cincinnati Bengals L 23–10
7 December 19, 1982 Pittsburgh Steelers W 10–9
8 December 26, 1982 at Houston Oilers W 20–14
9 January 2, 1983 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 37–21


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard January 8, 1983 at Los Angeles Raiders L 27–10


Los Angeles Raiders 810.889260200
Miami Dolphins 720.778198131
Cincinnati Bengals 720.778232177
Pittsburgh Steelers 630.667204146
San Diego Chargers 630.667288221
New York Jets 630.667245166
New England Patriots 540.556143157
Cleveland Browns 450.444140182
Buffalo Bills 450.444150154
Seattle Seahawks 450.444127147
Kansas City Chiefs 360.333176184
Denver Broncos 270.222148226
Houston Oilers 180.111136245
Baltimore Colts 081.056113236


Qualified for playoffs


  1. 1.0 1.1 NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 978-0-7611-2480-1, p. 294
  2. 2.0 2.1 [citation needed]
  3. 1982 NFL Draft Listing - Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. Retrieved on 2009-07-24.

External linksEdit

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.