1982 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Sam Rutigliano
Home Field Cleveland Stadium
Results
Record 4–5–0
Place 8th AFC
Playoff Finish Lost First Round Playoffs
Timeline
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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.

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Roster[edit | edit source]

1982 Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks


Running backs


Wide receivers


Tight ends

Offensive Linemen


Defensive Linemen

Linebackers


Defensive backs


Special Teams


Rookies in italics

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

The following were selected in the 1982 NFL Draft.

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
1 3 Chip Banks Linebacker USC
2 31 Keith Baldwin Defensive End Texas A&M
4 87 Dwight Walker Running Back Nicholls State
5 115 Mike Baab Center Texas
6 162 Mike Whitwell Defensive Back Texas A&M
8 199 Mark Kafentzis Defensive Back Hawaii
8 204 Van Heflin Tight End Vanderbilt
8 211 Bill Jackson Defensive Back North Carolina
9 227 Milton Baker Tight End West Texas A&M
10 255 Ricky Floyd Running Back Southern Miss
11 282 Steve Michuta Quarterback Grand Valley State
12 310 Scott Nicolas Linebacker Miami

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Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1982 at Seattle Seahawks W 21–7
55,907
2 September 19, 1982 Philadelphia Eagles L 24–21
78,830
3 November 21, 1982 New England Patriots W 10–7
51,781
4 November 25, 1982 at Dallas Cowboys L 31–14
46,267
5 December 5, 1982 San Diego Chargers L 30–13
54,064
6 December 12, 1982 at Cincinnati Bengals L 23–10
54,305
7 December 19, 1982 Pittsburgh Steelers W 10–9
67,139
8 December 26, 1982 at Houston Oilers W 20–14
36,559
9 January 2, 1983 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 37–21
52,312

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard January 8, 1983 at Los Angeles Raiders L 27–10
56,555

Standings[edit | edit source]

AFC
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Los Angeles Raiders 8 1 0 .889 260 200
Miami Dolphins 7 2 0 .778 198 131
Cincinnati Bengals 7 2 0 .778 232 177
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 3 0 .667 204 146
San Diego Chargers 6 3 0 .667 288 221
New York Jets 6 3 0 .667 245 166
New England Patriots 5 4 0 .556 143 157
Cleveland Browns 4 5 0 .444 140 182
Buffalo Bills 4 5 0 .444 150 154
Seattle Seahawks 4 5 0 .444 127 147
Kansas City Chiefs 3 6 0 .333 176 184
Denver Broncos 2 7 0 .222 148 226
Houston Oilers 1 8 0 .111 136 245
Baltimore Colts 0 8 1 .056 113 236

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Qualified for playoffs

References[edit | edit source]

  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 - Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. Retrieved on 2009-07-24.

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