1965 Cleveland Browns season
The 1965 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 16th season with the National Football League. With an NFL-best 11–3 mark, the 1965 team finished just a shade better than the year before (10–3–1) and, just as they had in 1964, the Browns returned to the NFL Championship Game; however, this time, they lost 23–12 to the Green Bay Packers in the last title contest held before the advent of the Super Bowl. It would be the first of three straight NFL crowns for the Packers, who went on to win the first two Super Bowls as well.
|1965 Cleveland Browns season|
|Head coach||Blanton Collier|
|Home field||Cleveland Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||Lost NFL Championship (at Packers) 23–12|
With his partner at wide receiver, 1964 rookie sensation Paul Warfield, missing almost all of the season with a broken collarbone, Gary Collins stepped up and led the Browns with 10 touchdown receptions, just less than half of the team's total of 23.
Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, in what would turn out to be his final year before his unexpected retirement in the offseason, rushed for 1,544 yards, 98 more than the year before, and exceeded his TD total by 10, scoring 17 times. Quarterback Frank Ryan, who had thrown 25 TD passes in both 1963 and 1964, had just 18 in 1965 with 13 interceptions. His yardage was down considerably, too, to 1,751, as was his rating (75.3).
The Browns had a stretch in which they won nine of ten games, something the 1964 team did not come close to matching. And whereas the 1964 team needed to capture its regular-season finale to clinch the Eastern Conference title, the 1965 Browns claimed the championship with several weeks left, which explains why they were clobbered 42–7 in the next-to-last game by a Los Angeles Rams team that finished last in the Western Conference at 4–10; The Browns rested many of their starters and were just trying to get out of that game with no injuries.
Thus, the Browns could have very easily been 12–2. However, there was no such explanation for the Browns' only other one-sided loss, a 49–13 home decision to the St. Louis Cardinals. Although the Cards finished tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for next-to-last place in the East at 5–9, they were arguably the Browns' fiercest rival throughout the entire 1960s.
|2||22||Gerry Bussell||Defensive back||Georgia Tech|
|2||27||Walter Johnson||Defensive tackle||Cal State-Los Angeles|
|3||32||Bo Scott||Running back||Ohio State|
|6||83||Corwyn Aldredge||Wide receiver||Northwestern State (LA)|
|7||97||Dale Lindsey||Linebacker||Western Kentucky|
|8||111||Mike Howell||Defensive back||Grambling|
|11||153||Ollie Cordill||Back||Memphis State|
|12||167||Justin Canale||Guard||Mississippi State|
|18||251||Dick Arrington||Guard||Notre Dame|
|19||265||Ed Orazen||Guard||Ohio State|
|20||279||Frank Goldberg||Linebacker||Central Michigan|
|1||August 6, 1965 (Fri)||vs. College All-Stars (at Chicago)||W||24–16||1–0||Soldier Field||68,000||9:00 PM EDT||ABC||WJMO-AM|
|2||August 15, 1965||at San Francisco 49ers||W||37–21||2–0||Kezar Stadium||22,000||4:00 PM EDT||WEWS-TV||WJMO-AM|
|3||August 22, 1965||at Los Angeles Rams||W||21–19||3–0||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||29,508||4:00 PM EDT||WEWS-TV||WJMO-AM|
|4||August 29, 1965||at Detroit Lions||W||28–14||4–0||Tiger Stadium||28,803||1:30 PM EDT||WEWS-TV||WJMO-AM|
|5||September 4, 1965 (Sat)||Green Bay Packers||L||14–30||4–1||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||83,118||9:00 PM EDT||WJMO-AM|
|6||September 11, 1965 (Sat)||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at (Akron)||W||28–16||5–1||Rubber Bowl||23,162||8:00 PM EDT||WERE-AM|
There was a doubleheader on September 4, 1965 Giants vs Lions and Packers vs Browns.
|1||September 19, 1965||at Washington Redskins||W||17–7||1–0||District of Columbia Stadium||48,208||1:30 PM EDT||CBS||WJMO-AM|
|2||September 26, 1965||St. Louis Cardinals||L||13–49||1–1||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||80,161||1:30 PM EDT||CBS||WJMO-AM|
|3||October 3, 1965||at Philadelphia Eagles||W||35–17||2–1||Franklin Field||60,759||1:30 PM EDT||CBS||WJMO-AM|
|4||October 9, 1965||Pittsburgh Steelers||W||24–19||3–1||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||80,187||8:00 PM EDT||Sports Network Incorporated (SNI)||WERE-AM|
|5||October 17, 1965||Dallas Cowboys||W||23–17||4–1||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||80,432||1:30 PM EDT||CBS||WERE-AM|
|6||October 24, 1965||at New York Giants||W||38–14||5–1||Yankee Stadium (I)||62,864||1:30 PM EST||CBS||WERE-AM|
|7||October 31, 1965||Minnesota Vikings||L||17–27||5–2||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||83,505||1:30 PM EST||CBS||WERE-AM|
|8||November 7, 1965||Philadelphia Eagles||W||38–34||6–2||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||72,807||1:30 PM EST||CBS||WERE-AM|
|9||November 14, 1965||New York Giants||W||34–21||7–2||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||82,426||1:30 PM EST||CBS||WERE-AM|
|10||November 21, 1965||at Dallas Cowboys||W||24–17||8–2||Cotton Bowl||76,251||4:00 PM EST||CBS||WERE-AM|
|11||November 28, 1965||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W||42–21||9–2||Pitt Stadium||42,757||1:30 PM EST||CBS||WERE-AM|
|12||December 5, 1965||Washington Redskins||W||24–16||10–2||Cleveland Municipal Stadium||77,765||1:30 PM EST||CBS||WERE-AM|
|13||December 12, 1965||at Los Angeles Rams||L||7–42||10–3||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||49,048||4:00 PM EST||CBS||WERE-AM|
|14||December 19, 1965||at St. Louis Cardinals||W||27–24||11–3||Busch Stadium I||29,348||2:00 PM EST||CBS||WERE-AM|
|Round||Date||Opponent||Result||Score||Stadium||Attendance||Time||Network||Local Radio||National Radio|
|1965 NFL Championship Game||January 2, 1966||at Green Bay Packers||L||12–23||Lambeau Field||50,852||2:00 PM EST||CBS||WERE-AM||CBS|
|1965 Cleveland Browns roster|
Rookies in italics
|1965 Cleveland Browns staff|
Strength & Coditioning
|NFL Eastern Conference|
|New York Giants||7||7||0||.500||7–5||270||338||L1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||5||9||0||.357||5–7||296||309||L6|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- "1964 NFL Draft Listing – Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on July 22, 2009. Retrieved July 19, 2009.