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1983 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Sam Rutigliano
Home Field Cleveland Stadium
Results
Record 9–7–0
Place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1983 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 34th season with the National Football League.

Season summaryEdit

In a season which was eerily similar to the 1979 campaign, which was arguably the beginning of "The Kardiac Kids" period, seven contests wered decided by seven points or less, with the Browns going 4-3. Like the '79 and '80 seasons, the Browns scored often and gave up almost as many points, with the Browns scoring 356 to their opponents' 342. Quarterback Brian Sipe, in his last season with the Browns before jumping to the USFL, had 26 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions, nearly the same ratio (28-to-26) he had had in 1979. It was a good way to go out for Sipe, who had lost his starting job to Paul McDonald late in the 1982 season and then re-gained it in the '83 training camp. Fullback Mike Pruitt, in his last great season with the Browns, rushed for 1,184 yards. And finally, in his last season in Cleveland before being traded to the Denver Broncos, wide receiver Dave Logan was second on the team in receptions with 37, but that was far behind the team-record 89 hauled in by Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome in a season that could be dubbed "The Kardiac Kids' Last Hurrah".[1]

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

The following were selected in the 1983 NFL Draft.

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
241Ron BrownWide Receiver Arizona State
368Reggie CampDefensive End California
5122Bill ContzOffensive Tackle Penn State
6145Tim StrackaTight End Wisconsin
6149Dave PuzzuoliNose Tackle Pittsburgh
7176Rocky BelkWide Receiver Miami
8209Mike McClearnGuard Temple
10262Thomas HopkinsOffensive Tackle Alabama A&M
11288Boyce GreenRunning Back Carson Newman College
11305Howard McAdooLinebacker Michigan State
12316Paul FarrenOffensive Tackle Boston University
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Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 Minnesota Vikings L 27–21
70,087
2 September 11, 1983 at Detroit Lions W 31–26
60,095
3 September 15, 1983 Cincinnati Bengals W 17–7
79,700
4 September 25, 1983 at San Diego Chargers W 30–24
49,482
5 October 2, 1983 Seattle Seahawks L 24–9
75,446
6 October 9, 1983 New York Jets W 10–7
78,235
7 October 16, 1983 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 44–17
59,263
8 October 23, 1983 at Cincinnati Bengals L 28–21
50,047
9 October 30, 1983 Houston Oilers W 25–19
68,851
10 November 6, 1983 at Green Bay Packers L 35–21
54,089
11 November 13, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–0
56,091
12 November 20, 1983 at New England Patriots W 30–0
40,987
13 November 27, 1983 Baltimore Colts W 41–23
65,812
14 December 4, 1983 at Denver Broncos L 27–6
70,912
15 December 11, 1983 at Houston Oilers L 34–27
29,746
16 December 18, 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–17
72,313

StandingsEdit

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 6 0 .625 355 303 L-1
Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 356 342 W-1
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 346 302 L-1
Houston Oilers 2 14 0 .125 288 460 L-1

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Brian Sipe, NFL Leader, Touchdown Passes (26), Tied with another player

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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