2010 Cleveland Browns season

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2010 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Eric Mangini
General manager Tom Heckert
Home field Cleveland Browns Stadium
Local radio WMMS · WTAM
Results
Record 5–11
Division place 3rd AFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers C Alex Mack
T Joe Thomas
Timeline
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2009 2011

The 2010 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 64th season as a professional sports franchise and its 58th season as a member of the National Football League (NFL). The team failed to break the longest playoff appearance drought in franchise history, a current streak of eight seasons without reaching the playoffs. The team finished 5–11, matching its win total from the 2009 season and placed third in the AFC North. This season marked the first season under the leadership of team president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert. It also marked the second season under head coach Eric Mangini. The Browns played all of their home games at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.

Off-season[edit]

Personnel changes[edit]

On December 21, 2009, the Browns hired Mike Holmgren, former Green Bay Packers head coach and Seattle Seahawks head coach and general manager, to take over as the team president. His duties will include personnel management and oversight over all operations.

Although many believed that the institution of Holmgren as president would lead to the firing of Browns' head coach Eric Mangini, he announced his intent to retain Mangini and the entire coaching staff for the 2010 season on January 7, 2010.[1]

On January 10, the Browns hired former Philadelphia Eagles' general manager Tom Heckert as general manager, the first major hire by Holmgren.[2]

Roster changes[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Pos Player Tag[3] 2010 Team Signed
LB Marcus Benard ERFA Browns March 17[4]
LB Blake Costanzo ERFA Browns March 17[4]
SS *Abram Elam RFA Browns June 14[5]
TE Greg Estandia RFA Browns March 16[6]
WR Mike Furrey UFA Redskins June 8[7]
TE Michael Gaines UFA Texans April 23
G Rex Hadnot UFA Cardinals March 11[8]
RB *Jerome Harrison RFA Browns June 14[5]
LB *D'Qwell Jackson RFA Browns June 14[9]
RB Chris Jennings ERFA Browns March 17[4]
FS Brodney Pool RFA Jets March 11[10]
LB *Matt Roth RFA Browns June 14[5]
FS Hank Poteat UFA
LB *Jason Trusnik RFA Browns March 12[11]
T Ryan Tucker UFA Retired
FS Ray Ventrone ERFA Browns March 5[12]
FB *Lawrence Vickers RFA Browns June 14[5]
G Billy Yates UFA Browns March 18[13]
Player re-signed by Browns

* The Browns used a second-round tender on these players

Releases[edit]

Pos Player Released 2010 Team Signed
QB Derek Anderson March 9[14] Cardinals March 17[15]
C Hank Fraley March 3[16] Rams March 14[17]
TE Steve Heiden March 12[11]
RB Jamal Lewis February 17[18]
WR Donté Stallworth February 9[19] Ravens February 17[20]

Signings[edit]

Pos Player 2009 Team Signed
QB Jake Delhomme Panthers March 13[21]
WR Bobby Engram Chiefs July 8[22]
LB Scott Fujita Saints March 7[23]
C Eric Ghiaciuc Chargers April 8[24]
T Tony Pashos 49ers March 7[23]
TE Alex Smith Eagles May 4[25]
CB DeAngelo Smith Lions April 28[26]
TE Benjamin Watson Patriots March 12[27]

Trades[edit]

On March 5, the Browns traded DE Corey Williams and a seventh round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft to the Detroit Lions for a fifth round pick in 2010.[28]

On March 8, the Browns traded a conditional draft pick in 2011 to the Seattle Seahawks for QB Seneca Wallace.[29]

On March 14, the Browns traded QB Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos for RB Peyton Hillis, a sixth round draft pick in 2011, and a conditional draft pick in 2012.[30]

Also on March 14, the Browns traded LB Kamerion Wimbley to the Oakland Raiders for a 2010 third round draft pick.[31]

On April 2, the Browns traded LB Alex Hall and 2010 fourth- and fifth- round draft picks (Nos. 105 and 137, respectively) to the Philadelphia Eagles for CB Sheldon Brown and LB Chris Gocong.[32]

2010 Draft class[edit]

Main article: 2010 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position College Signed Notes
1 7 Joe Haden Cornerback Florida July 31[33]
2 38 T. J. Ward Safety Oregon July 26[34]
59 Montario Hardesty Running back Tennessee July 26[34] From Dallas via Philadelphia[35]
3 85 Colt McCoy Quarterback Texas July 23[36] from New England via Oakland[37]
92 Shawn Lauvao Offensive tackle Arizona State July 23[36] from New York Jets[38]
5[39] 160 Larry Asante Safety Nebraska July 14[40] from New York Jets[38]
6 177 Carlton Mitchell Wide receiver South Florida July 7[41]
186 Clifton Geathers Defensive end South Carolina June 28[42] from Carolina[43]

The Browns did not have a fourth-[39] or seventh-round selection[44]

Undrafted free agents[edit]

Position Player College Signed Cut
T Casey Bender South Dakota State April 30[45]
DB Benjamin Burney Colorado April 30[45]
DB Chris Chancellor Clemson April 30[45]
LB Austin English Oklahoma April 30[45]
WR Johnathan Haggerty Oklahoma State April 30[45]
DE Swanson Miller Oklahoma State April 30[45]
WR Dion Morton Colorado State April 30[45]
T Joel Reinders Waterloo April 30[45]
DT Kwaku Danso East Carolina May 17[45]
WR Aaron Valentin Purdue April 30[45] May 4[25]
TE Troy Wagner Indiana April 30[45] May 4[25]

Uniform changes[edit]

After wearing solid brown pants with their white away jerseys during their 2009 campaign, the Browns will return to wearing their traditional white pants with orange-brown-orange lining for their 2010 away games. Furthermore, they will wear white socks with orange-brown-orange piping with these uniforms, bringing back the "classic" Browns away look, as well as marking a departure from the past decade when solid brown socks were worn with both the home and away uniforms. These changes were confirmed during the team's first preseason game against the Packers on August 14 and by Eric Mangini the following week.[46]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

Cleveland Browns 2010 staff
Front Office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Roster[edit]

Opening training camp roster[edit]

Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
Roster updated July 31, 2010
Depth ChartTransactions

80 Active, 1 Inactive

Week 1 roster[edit]

Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve Lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Roster updated September 9, 2010
Depth ChartTransactions

53 Active, 6 Inactive, 8 PS

Final roster[edit]

Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Roster updated December 31, 2010
Depth ChartTransactions

53 Active, 13 Inactive, 8 Practice Squad, {{{unsigned}}} Unsigned

AFC rostersNFC rosters

Preseason[edit]

Preseason schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (EDT) Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 14 8:00 pm at Green Bay Packers W 27–24 1–0 Lambeau Field WKYC Recap
2 August 21 7:30 pm St. Louis Rams L 17–19 1–1 Cleveland Browns Stadium WKYC Recap
3 August 28 5:30 pm at Detroit Lions L 27–35 1–2 Ford Field WKYC Recap
4 September 2 8:00 pm Chicago Bears W 13–10 2–2 Cleveland Browns Stadium WKYC Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final Score Team Record
1 September 12 1:00 pm at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 14–17 0–1 Raymond James Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 19 1:00 pm Kansas City Chiefs L 14–16 0–2 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 26 1:00 pm at Baltimore Ravens L 17–24 0–3 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap
4 October 3 1:00 pm Cincinnati Bengals W 23–20 1–3 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 10 1:00 pm Atlanta Falcons L 10–20 1–4 Cleveland Browns Stadium Fox Recap
6 October 17 1:00 pm at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–28 1–5 Heinz Field CBS Recap
7 October 24 1:00 pm at New Orleans Saints W 30–17 2–5 Louisiana Superdome CBS Recap
8 Bye Week
9 November 7 1:00 pm New England Patriots W 34–14 3–5 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 14 1:00 pm New York Jets L 20–26 (OT) 3–6 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 21 1:00 pm at Jacksonville Jaguars L 20–24 3–7 EverBank Field CBS Recap
12 November 28 1:00 pm Carolina Panthers W 24–23 4–7 Cleveland Browns Stadium Fox Recap
13 December 5 1:00 pm at Miami Dolphins W 13–10 5–7 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 12 1:00 pm at Buffalo Bills L 6–13 5–8 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 19 1:00 pm at Cincinnati Bengals L 17–19 5–9 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
16 December 26 1:00 pm Baltimore Ravens L 10–20 5–10 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
17 January 2 1:00 pm Pittsburgh Steelers L 9–41 5–11 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap

COLOR KEY & NOTES:

Bold indicates division games.

Standings[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Pittsburgh Steelers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 375 232 W2
(5) Baltimore Ravens 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 357 270 W4
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 271 332 L3
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 322 395 L1

Week-by-week results[edit]

Week 1: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week 1: Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 7 0 0 14
Buccaneers 3 7 0 7 17

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • CLE – (5:42) Peyton Hillis 10-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 14–3, Drive: 5 plays, 63 yards, 3:09.
  • TB – (0:26) Mike Williams 3-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick), Browns 14–10, Drive: 1 plays, 3 yards, 0:08.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • TB – (6:56) Micheal Spurlock 33-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick), Buccaneers 17–14, Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 1:52.
Top passers
  • CLE – Jake Delhomme – 20/37, 227 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • TB – Josh Freeman – 17/28, 182 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • CLE – T.J. Ward – 7 tackles, 3 assists, 1 forced fumble
  • TB – Barrett Ruud – 7 tackles, 1 assist, 1 forced fumble

The Cleveland Browns began their NFL season at Raymond James Stadium for a showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter, the Browns had the early lead as QB Jake Delhomme connected on a 41-yard touchdown pass to WR Mohamed Massaquoi, but the Buccaneers responded with a Connor Barth field goal. In the second quarter, the Browns increased their lead on a touchdown run by RB Peyton Hillis. Near the end of the half, the Browns were driving down the field until Delhomme threw an interception that allowed the Buccaneers to score a touchdown in the half's closing seconds. In the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers took the lead for good on a 33-yard touchdown pass from QB Josh Freeman to WR Micheal Spurlock.

With the loss, the Browns began their season at 0–1.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

2nd quarter

  • 5:42 CLE – Hillis 10-yard run (Dawson kick) 14–3 CLE
  • 0:26 TB – Williams 3-yard pass from Freeman (Barth kick) 14–10 CLE

4th quarter

  • 6:56 TB – Spurlock 33-yard pass from Freeman (Barth kick) 17–14 TB

Week 2: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week 2: Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 7 3 3 16
Browns 0 14 0 0 14

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
1st quarter
  • KC – (8:43) Ryan Succop 35-yard field goal, Chiefs 3–0, Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 0:36.
2nd quarter
  • CLE – (12:31) Peyton Hillis 1-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 7–3, Drive: 10 plays, 98 yards, 5:06.
  • KC – (10:02) Brandon Flowers 33-yard interception return (Ryan Succop kick), Chiefs 10–7.
  • CLE – (8:43) Josh Cribbs 65-yard pass from Seneca Wallace (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 14–10, Drive: 3 plays, 74 yards, 1:19.
3rd quarter
  • KC – (8:48) Ryan Succop 26-yard field goal, Browns 14–13, Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards, 6:15.
4th quarter
  • KC – (7:44) Ryan Succop 23-yard field goal, Chiefs 16–14, Drive: 14 plays, 68 yards, 6:31.
Top passers
  • KC – Matt Cassel – 16/28, 176 yards, 2 interceptions
  • CLE – Seneca Wallace – 16/31, 229 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • KC – Tony Moeaki – 5 receptions, 58 yards
  • CLE – Josh Cribbs – 3 receptions, 74 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers

The Browns played their home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs looking to bounce back from a close loss in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. With starting QB Jake Delhomme out with an ankle injury, Seneca Wallace started the game for the Browns. Chiefs K Ryan Succop started the scoring with an early field goal. In the second quarter, the Browns scored on a 1-yard run by RB Peyton Hillis, but soon gave the lead back on an interception returned by CB Brandon Flowers. However, the Browns took a 14–10 lead into halftime on a deep touchdown pass from Wallace to WR Josh Cribbs. After the half, the Browns' offense stalled, and Succop kicked two more field goals to give the Chiefs a 16–14 victory.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 0–2.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

  • 8:43 KC – Succop 34-yard field goal 3–0 KC

2nd quarter

  • 12:31 CLE – Hillis 1-yard run (Dawson kick) 7–3 CLE
  • 10:02 KC – Flowers 33-yard interception return (Succop kick) 10–7 KC
  • 8:43 CLE – Cribbs 65-yard pass from Wallace (Dawson kick) 14–10 CLE

3rd quarter

  • 8:48 KC – Succop 26-yard field goal 14–13 CLE

4th quarter

  • 7:44 KC – Succop 23-yard field goal 16–14 KC

Week 3: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week 3: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 7 0 7 17
Ravens 7 7 0 10 24

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • BAL – Anquan Boldin 12-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 14–3, Drive: 10 plays, 93 yards, 5:53.
  • CLE – Peyton Hillis 1-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Ravens 14–6, Drive: 11 plays, 83 yards, 5:46.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • CLE – Benjamin Watson 1-yard pass from Seneca Wallace (Phil Dawson kick), Ravens 14–13, Drive: 6 plays, 86 yards, 1:51.
  • BAL – Anquan Boldin 27-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 21–13, Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards, 5:41.
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 49-yard field goal, Ravens 24–13, Drive: 6 plays, 11 yards, 2:10.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Still looking for a win the Browns flew to M&T Bank Stadium for an AFC North rivalry match against the Ravens. In the 1st quarter the Browns took the early lead when kicker Phil Dawson made a 28-yard field goal, which didn't last very long after QB Joe Flacco found WR Anquan Boldin on an 8 and a 12-yard TD pass. After that the Browns replied and eventually got the lead back when RB Peyton Hillis made a 1-yard TD run, followed in the 4th quarter by QB Seneca Wallace completing a 1-yard TD pass to TE Benjamin Watson. Then the Browns fell behind when Flacco made a 27-yard TD pass to WR Anquan Boldin, followed by kicker Billy Cundiff nailing a 49-yard field goal.

With the loss, Cleveland fell to 0–3.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

2nd quarter

  • 5:59 BAL – Boldin 12-yard pass from Flacco (Cundiff kick) 14–3 BAL
  • 0:13 CLE – Hillis 1-yard run (Dawson kick) 14–10 BAL

4th quarter

  • 14:54 CLE – Watson 1-yard pass from Wallace (Dawson kick) 17–14 CLE
  • 9:13 BAL – Boldin 27-yard pass from Flacco (Cundiff kick) 21–17 BAL
  • 5:29 BAL – Cundiff 49-yard field goal 24–17 BAL

Week 4: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week 4: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 10 3 7 20
Browns 3 10 10 0 23

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
1st quarter
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 30-yard field goal, Browns 3–0, Drive: 9 plays, 39 yards, 3:20.
2nd quarter
  • CLE – Evan Moore 24-yard pass from Seneca Wallace (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 10–0, Drive: 8 plays, 87 yards, 4:45.
  • CIN – Mike Nugent 24-yard field goal, Browns 10–3, Drive: 8 plays,61 yards, 3:48.
  • CIN – Terrel Owens 78-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Mike Nugent kick), Tied 10–10, Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:59.
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 31-yard field goal, Browns 13–10, Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 1:31.
3rd quarter
  • CLE – Peyton Hillis 1-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 20–10, Drive: 11 plays, 64 yards, 6:06.
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 22-yard field goal, Browns 23–10, Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:32.
  • CIN – Mike Nugent 25-yard field goal, Browns 23–13, Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 5:18.
4th quarter
  • CIN – Brian Leonard 3-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Mike Nugent kick), Browns 23–20, Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:05.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Still looking for their first win of the season, the Browns went home for a Week 4 AFC North duel with the Cincinnati Bengals in Round 1 of 2010's Battle of Ohio.

Cleveland got the early lead in the first quarter as kicker Phil Dawson got a 30-yard field goal. The Browns added onto their lead in the second quarter as quarterback Seneca Wallace completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to tight end Evan Moore. The Bengals answered with kicker Mike Nugent's 24-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Carson Palmer finding wide receiver Terrell Owens on a 78-yard touchdown pass. The Browns would close out the half with Dawson getting a 31-yard field goal after linebacker Scott Fujita blocked a Bengals field goal attempt.

In the third quarter, Cleveland picked up right where they left off as running back Peyton Hillis got a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by Dawson's 22-yard field goal. Afterwards, Cincinnati answered with Nugent making a 25-yard field goal. The Bengals tried to rally in the fourth quarter as Palmer found running back Brian Leonard on a 3-yard touchdown pass, yet the defense prevented Cincinnati from getting any closer.

With the win, the Browns improved to 1–3.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

  • 2:31 CLE – Dawson 30-yard field goal 3–0 CLE

2nd quarter

  • 11:10 CLE – Moore 24-yard pass from Wallace (Dawson kick) 10–0 CLE
  • 7:19 CIN – Nugent 24-yard field goal 10–3 CLE
  • 3:41 CIN – Owens 78-yard pass from Palmer (Nugent kick) 10–10
  • 0:04 CLE – Dawson 31-yard field goal 13–10 CLE

3rd quarter

  • 8:58 CLE – Hillis 1-yard run (Dawson kick) 20–10 CLE
  • 6:36 CLE – Dawson 22-yard field goal 23–10 CLE
  • 1:18 CIN – Nugent 25-yard field goal 23–13 CLE

4th quarter

  • 10:50 CIN – Leonard 3-yard pass from Palmer (Nugent kick) 23–20 CLE

Week 5: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week 5: Atlanta Falcons at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 6 7 7 20
Browns 0 7 3 0 10

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • ATL – (14:52) Matt Bryant 24-yard field goal, Falcons 3–0, Drive: 12 plays, 66 yards, 4:21.
  • CLE – (12:25) Peyton Hillis 19-yard pass from Seneca Wallace (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 7–3, Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards, 2:30.
  • ATL – (5:04) Matt Bryant 30-yard field goal, Browns 7–6, Drive: 14 plays, 70 yards, 7:19.
3rd quarter
  • CLE – (10:00) Phil Dawson 19-yard field goal, Browns 10–6, Drive: 6 plays, 22 yards, 3:07.
  • ATL – (8:05) Roddy White 45-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), Falcons 13–10, Drive: 4 plays, 68 yards, 2:00.
4th quarter
  • ATL – (4:14) Kroy Biermann 31-yard interception return (Matt Bryant kick), Falcons 20–10.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Browns stayed at home for their Week 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons, and tried to build on their first win of the season. The Falcons scored first, on a 24-yard field goal by kicker Matt Bryant early in the second quarter. The Browns soon answered with a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Seneca Wallace to running back Peyton Hillis. Bryant hit another field goal in the quarter to cut the Cleveland lead to one point. Wallace was injured near halftime, and did not return. In the second half, quarterback Jake Delhomme came out for the Browns, but the offense failed to generate any momentum other than a Phil Dawson field goal. The Falcons took the lead when wide receiver Roddy White caught a 45-yard pass from quarterback Matt Ryan. Cleveland tried to mount a comeback, but an interception return by defensive end Kroy Biermann sealed the win for Atlanta, 20–10.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 1–4.

Scoring summary[edit]

2nd quarter

  • 14:52 ATL – Bryant 24-yard field goal 3–0 ATL
  • 12:25 CLE – Hillis 19-yard pass from Wallace (Dawson kick) 7–3 CLE
  • 5:04 ATL – Bryant 30-yard field goal 7–6 CLE

3rd quarter

  • 10:00 CLE – Dawson 19-yard field goal 10–6 CLE
  • 8:05 ATL – White 45-yard pass from Ryan (Bryant kick) 13–10 ATL

4th quarter

  • 4:14 ATL – Biermann 31-yard interception return (Bryant kick) 20–10 ATL

Week 6: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week 6: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 0 0 7 10
Steelers 0 7 7 14 28

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
  • CLE – (1:51) Phil Dawson 39-yard field goal, Browns 3–0, Drive: 7 plays, 14 yards, 4:16.
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
  • PIT – (3:13) Hines Ward 8-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 14–3, Drive: 5 plays, 96 yards, 1:59.
4th quarter
  • PIT – (5:50) Rashard Mendenhall 2-yard run (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 21–3, Drive: 4 plays, 13 yards, 2:00.
  • CLE – (4:09) Benjamin Watson 12-yard pass from Colt McCoy (Phil Dawson kick), Steelers 21–10, Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards, 1:41.
  • PIT – (1:25) Heath Miller 14-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick), Steelers 28–10, Drive: 3 plays, 18 yards, 0:17.
Top passers
  • CLE – Colt McCoy – 23/33, 281 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • PIT – Ben Roethlisberger – 16/27, 257 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • CLE – T.J. Ward – 6 tackles, 4 assists
  • PIT – James Harrison – 9 tackles, 2 assists, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Falcons, the Browns flew to Heinz Field for a Week 6 AFC North duel with their arch rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns were forced to start third string rookie quarterback Colt McCoy as injuries sidelined Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. Cleveland delivered the opening punch in the first quarter as kicker Phil Dawson made a 39-yard field goal, his 235th field goal as a Cleveland Brown which broke Lou Groza's franchise record. The Steelers would take the lead in the second quarter as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace.

The Browns' deficit increased in the third quarter as Roethlisberger found wide receiver Hines Ward on an 8-yard touchdown pass. Cleveland tried to rally as McCoy completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Benjamin Watson, but Pittsburgh would pull away with Roethlisberger's 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 1–5.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

  • 1:51 CLE – Dawson 39-yard field goal 3–0 CLE

2nd quarter

3rd quarter

  • 3:13 PIT – Ward 8-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick) 14–3 PIT

4th quarter

  • 5:50 PIT – Mendenhall 2-yard run (Reed kick) 21–3 PIT
  • 4:09 CLE – Watson 12-yard pass from McCoy (Dawson kick) 21–10 PIT
  • 1:25 PIT – Miller 14-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick) 28–10 PIT

Week 7: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week 7: Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 10 10 0 10 30
Saints 0 3 0 14 17

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
1st quarter
  • CLE – (10:25) Phil Dawson 23-yard field goal, Browns 3–0, Drive: 6 plays, 14 yards, 2:43.
  • CLE – (6:48) Peyton Hillis 4-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 10–0, Drive: 4 plays, 56 yards, 1:32.
2nd quarter
  • NO – (5:32) Garrett Hartley 32-yard field goal, Browns 10–3, Drive: 10 plays, 44 yards, 4:21.
  • CLE – (2:18) Phil Dawson 21-yard field goal, Browns 13–3, Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:14.
  • CLE – (1:49) David Bowens 30-yard interception return (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 20–3.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • NO – (13:29) David Thomas 11-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick), Browns 20–10, Drive: 14 plays, 89 yards, 8:33.
  • CLE – (5:55) Phil Dawson 38-yard field goal, Browns 23–10, Drive: 13 plays, 50 yards, 7:34.
  • CLE – (3:33) David Bowens 64-yard interception return (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 30–10.
  • NO – (1:38) Marques Colston 8-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick), Browns 30–17, Drive: 11 plays, 76 yards, 1:55.
Top passers
  • CLE – Colt McCoy – 9/16, 74 yards
  • NO – Drew Brees – 37/56, 356 yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receveivers
Top tacklers

The Cleveland Browns headed south to the Louisiana Superdome for their Week 7 battle against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Cleveland struck first, on a 23-yard field goal by kicker Phil Dawson and a 4-yard run by running back Peyton Hillis to take a 10–0 lead after one quarter. In the second quarter, New Orleans closed the gap on a Garrett Hartley-yard field goal, but the Browns answered with another Dawson field goal and a 30-yard interception return by linebacker David Bowens to push the lead to 20–3 at the half. Special teams played a large role for the Browns in the half, with a 62-yard punt return by Eric Wright thanks to a Josh Cribbs lateral, and a 68-yard rush on a fake punt by punter Reggie Hodges both leading to field goals.

In the fourth quarter, quarterback Drew Brees connected with tight end David Thomas to pull within 10, but another Dawson field goal and a second Bowens interception return sealed the win for the Browns.

With the win, the Browns entered their bye week at 2–5. This win also marked the third consecutive season in which the Browns defeated the defending Super Bowl champion.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

  • 10:25 CLE – Dawson 23-yard field goal 3–0 CLE
  • 6:48 CLE – Hillis 4-yard run (Dawson kick) 10–0 CLE

2nd quarter

  • 5:32 NO – Hartley 32-yard field goal 10–3 CLE
  • 2:18 CLE – Dawson 21-yard field goal 13–3 CLE
  • 1:49 CLE – Bowens 30-yard interception return (Dawson kick) 20–3 CLE

4th quarter

  • 13:29 NO – Thomas 11-yard pass from Brees (Hartley kick) 20–10 CLE
  • 5:55 CLE – Dawson 48-yard field goal 23–10 CLE
  • 3:33 CLE – Bowens 64-yard interception return (Dawson kick) 30–10 CLE
  • 1:38 NO – Colston 8-yard pass from Brees (Hartley kick) 30–17 CLE

Week 9: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week 9: New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 7 0 7 14
Browns 10 7 7 10 34

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
1st quarter
  • CLE – (11:49) Phil Dawson 38-yard field goal, Browns 3–0, Drive: 6 plays, 42 yards, 3:11.
  • CLE – (11:11) Peyton Hillis 2-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 10–0, Drive: 2 plays, 19 yards, 0:38.
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
  • CLE – (5:53) Colt McCoy 16-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 24–7, Drive: 10 plays, 72 yards, 7:00.
4th quarter
  • CLE – (10:45) Phil Dawson 37-yard field goal, Browns 27–7, Drive: 13 plays, 61 yards, 7:48.
  • NE – (6:37) Aaron Hernandez 1-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), Browns 27–14, Drive: 14 plays, 69 yards, 4:08.
  • CLE – (2:38) Peyton Hillis 35-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 34–14, Drive: 6 plays, 60 yards, 3:59.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • NE – Jerod Mayo – 6 tackles, 3 assists
  • CLE – Abram Elam – 7 tackles, 1 assist, 1 forced fumble

Coming off their bye week, the Browns went home for their Week 9 intraconference duel with the New England Patriots. Cleveland delivered the opening punch in the first quarter as kicker Phil Dawson hit a 38-yard field goal, followed by running back Peyton Hillis' 2-yard touchdown run. The Patriots answered in the second quarter as quarterback Tom Brady completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez. Cleveland struck back on a touchdown run by wide receiver Chansi Stuckey.

The Browns added onto their lead in the third quarter as rookie quarterback Colt McCoy got a 16-yard touchdown run. Cleveland continued to pull away in the fourth quarter with another Dawson field goal. New England tried to rally as Brady completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Hernandez (with the extra point kicked by wide receiver Wes Welker), yet the Browns pulled away with Hillis' 35-yard touchdown run.

With the win, Cleveland improved to 3–5. Hillis was named as the AFC offensive player of the week.[47]

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

  • 11:49 CLE – Dawson 38-yard field goal 3–0 CLE
  • 11:11 CLE – Hillis 2-yard run (Dawson kick) 10–0 CLE

2nd quarter

3rd quarter

  • 5:53 CLE – McCoy 16-yard run (Dawson kick) 24–7 CLE

4th quarter

  • 10:45 CLE – Dawson 37-yard field goal 27–7 CLE
  • 6:37 NE – Hernandez 1-yard pass from Brady (Welker kick) 27–14 CLE
  • 2:38 CLE – Hillis 35-yard run (Dawson kick) 34–14 CLE

Week 10: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week 10: New York Jets at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Jets 3 14 0 3 6 26
Browns 10 3 0 7 0 20

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
1st quarter
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 34-yard field goal, Browns 3–0, Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards, 5:08.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 27-yard field goal, Tied 3–3, Drive: 9 plays, 33 yards, 4:00.
  • CLE – Peyton Hillis 12-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 10–3, Drive: 5 plays, 61 yards, 2:50.
2nd quarter
  • NYJ – Jerricho Cotchery 25-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Tied 10–10, Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 4:07.
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 23-yard field goal, Browns 13–10, Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards, 5:56.
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 17–13, Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 4:50.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 25-yard field goal, Jets 20–13, Drive: 13 plays, 56 yards, 7:45.
  • CLE – Mohamed Massaquoi 3-yard pass from Colt McCoy (Phil Dawson kick), Tied 20–20, Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards, 1:58.
Overtime
  • NYJ – Santonio Holmes 37-yard pass from Mark Sanchez, Drive: 1 plays, 37 yards, 0:08.
Top passers
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 27/44, 299 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • CLE – Colt McCoy – 18/31, 205 yards, 1 touchdown
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Patriots, the Browns stayed at home for a Week 10 duel with the New York Jets, in a game that marked head coach Eric Mangini coaching against his former team, former Browns WR Braylon Edwards making his first return to Cleveland since being traded, and Jets' head coach Rex Ryan coaching against his brother, Browns' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The two teams exchanged early field goals before the Browns scored with a 12-yard touchdown run from RB Peyton Hillis. In the Second quarter New York tied the game on a 25-yard pass from Mark Sanchez to WR Jerricho Cotchery. After A Browns' field goal, the Jets would take the lead for the first time with a Sanchez 1-yard touchdown run late in the first half.

The third quarter started with a Jets' drive that lasted 19 plays and almost 10 minutes, but resulting in no points as K Nick Folk missed a short field goal. The Jets added onto their lead in the fourth quarter with Folk making a 25-yard field goal. On the Browns' next drive, rookie QB Colt McCoy drove the team down the field and the Browns scored on a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi, to tie the game at 20 and send it into overtime.

In overtime, both teams squandered chances to win; Browns WR Chansi Stuckey fumbled the ball in Jets' territory, Folk missed a field goal for the Jets, and Sanchez threw an interception near the goal line. It was the Jets who would finally break through late in the overtime period as Sanchez completed the game-winning 37-yard touchdown pass to WR Santonio Holmes with only 16 seconds left.

With the loss, Cleveland fell to 3–6.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

  • 9:52 CLE – Dawson 34-yard field goal 3–0 CLE
  • 5:52 NYJ – Folk 27-yard field goal 3–3
  • 0:16 CLE – Hillis 12-yard run (Dawson kick) 10–3 CLE

2nd quarter

  • 11:09 NYJ – Cotchery 25-yard pass from Sanchez (Folk kick) 10–10
  • 5:13 CLE – Dawson 23-yard field goal 13–10 CLE
  • 0:23 NYJ – Sanchez 1-yard run (Folk kick) 17–13 NYJ

4th quarter

  • 2:42 NYJ – Folk 25-yard field goal 20–13 NYJ
  • 0:44 CLE – Massaquoi 3-yard pass from McCoy (Dawson kick) 20–20

Overtime

  • 0:16 NYJ – Holmes 37-yard pass from Sanchez 26–20 NYJ

Week 11: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week 11: Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 7 10 3 20
Jaguars 3 7 0 14 24

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Game information
1st quarter
  • JAC – (8:13) Josh Scobee 47-yard field goal, Jaguars 3–0, Drive: 7 plays, 33 yards, 3:55.
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
  • CLE – (11:26) Abram Elam 18-yard fumble return (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 14–10.
  • CLE – (1:54) Phil Dawson 38-yard field goal, Browns 17–10, Drive: 4 plays, −1 yards, 1:32.
4th quarter
  • JAC – (3:41) Marcedes Lewis 14-yard pass from David Garrard (Josh Scobee kick), Tied 17–17, Drive: 12 plays, 59 yards, 6:13.
  • CLE – (2:51) Phil Dawson 41-yard field goal, Browns 20–17, Drive: 8 plays, 57 yards, 0:48.
  • JAC – (1:20) Maurice Jones-Drew 1-yard run (Josh Scobee kick), Jaguars 24–20, Drive: 5 plays, 87 yards, 1:30.
Top passers
  • CLE – Colt McCoy – 17/28, 241 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • JAC – David Garrard – 20/34, 254 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • CLE – Abram Elam – 6 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble
  • JAC – Daryl Smith – 5 tackles, 2 assists, 1.5 sack

Coming off a last-second loss to the Jets, the Browns headed to Florida for their Week 11 duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars struck first on a 47-yard field goal by Josh Scobee. In the second quarter, the Browns took the lead with an 11-yard pass from Colt McCoy to Peyton Hillis. But the Jaguars responded with David Garrard completing a 5-yard pass to Mike Thomas, and they took a 10–7 lead into halftime. In the third, the Jaguars turned the ball over on five straight possessions, but the Browns could only convert them into ten points, taking a 17–10 lead. In the fourth, Marcedes Lewis had a 14-yard touchdown reception, tying the game. The Browns retook the lead on a Phil Dawson field goal, but the Jaguars struck back with Maurice Jones-Drew running it in from a yard out. McCoy drove the Browns down the field, but Sean Considine intercepted his final pass, and the Jaguars defeated the Browns, 24–20.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 3–7.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

  • 8:13 JAC – Scobee 47-yard field goal 3–0 JAC

2nd quarter

3rd quarter

  • 11:26 CLE – Elam 18-yard fumble return (Dawson kick) 14–10 CLE
  • 1:54 CLE – Dawson 38-yard field goal 17–10 CLE

4th quarter

  • 3:41 JAC – Lewis 14-yard pass from Garrard (Scobee kick) 17–17
  • 2:51 CLE – Dawson 41-yard field goal 20–17 CLE
  • 1:20 JAC – Jones-Drew 1-yard run (Scobee kick) 24–20 JAC

Week 12: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week 12: Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 6 7 3 23
Browns 14 7 0 3 24

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
1st quarter
  • CAR – (10:36) Mike Goodson 26-yard run (John Kasay kick), Panthers 7–0, Drive: 9 plays, 81 yards, 4:24.
  • CLE – (6:49) Peyton Hillis 9-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 3:47.
  • CLE – (2:44) Peyton Hillis 5-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 14–7, Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, 3:04.
2nd quarter
  • CLE – (9:12) Peyton Hillis 6-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 21–7, Drive: 6 plays, 60 yards, 2:13.
  • CAR – (3:19) John Kasay 43-yard field goal, Browns 21–10, Drive: 10 plays, 49 yards, 5:53.
  • CAR – (0:47) John Kasay 42-yard field goal, Browns 21–13, Drive: 5 plays, 18 yards, 0:59.
3rd quarter
  • CAR – (12:18) Captain Munnerlyn 37-yard interception return (John Kasay kick), Browns 21–20.
4th quarter
  • CAR – (7:01) John Kasay 43-yard field goal, Panthers 23–21, Drive: 9 plays, 51 yards, 4:32.
  • CLE – (2:42) Phil Dawson 41-yard field goal, Browns 24–23, Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 4:19.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receveivers
Top tacklers

The Browns returned home for a Week 12 duel with the Carolina Panthers after suffering back-to-back last-second losses. Jake Delhomme returned to quarterback for Cleveland against his former team after missing eight games with an ankle injury. The Panthers scored on their opening possession on a 26-yard run by Mike Goodson, but the Browns stormed back, with Peyton Hillis rushing for a touchdown on three consecutive possessions. Carolina added two field goals by John Kasay to end the half, and the Browns led 21–13. In the third quarter, the Browns' offense fell apart, failing to score and turning the ball over twice. Captain Munnerlyn returned an interception for a touchdown, pulling the Panthers within one. In the fourth quarter, Kasay hit a 43-yard field goal to give the Panthers the lead, but Phil Dawson returned the favor and put the Browns back on top. In the final minute, Panthers' QB Jimmy Clausen drove his team down the field, but Kasay's 42-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright as time expired, and the Browns held on to win, 24–23

With the win, the Browns improved to 4–7. This marked the Browns' first victory over the Panthers in franchise history, as the Browns lost each of the three previous meetings.

After the game, CB Joe Haden was named the Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. In four games during the month, Haden recorded 15 tackles, seven defended passes, and three interceptions. He became the first Browns' player to ever win this award.[48]

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

  • 10:36 CAR – Goodson 26-yard run (Kasay kick) 7–0 CAR
  • 6:49 CLE – Hillis 9-yard run (Dawson kick) 7–7
  • 2:44 CLE – Hillis 5-yard run (Dawson kick) 14–7 CLE

2nd quarter

  • 9:12 CLE – Hillis 6-yard run (Dawson kick) 21–7 CLE
  • 3:19 CAR – Kasay 43-yard field goal 21–10 CLE
  • 0:47 CAR – Kasay 42-yard field goal 21–13 CLE

3rd quarter

  • 12:18 CAR – Munnerlyn 37-yard interception return (Kasay kick) 21–20 CLE

4th quarter

  • 7:01 CAR – Kasay 43-yard field goal 23–21 CAR
  • 2:42 CLE – Dawson 41-yard field goal 24–23 CLE

Week 13: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week 13: Cleveland Browns at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 3 7 3 13
Dolphins 0 3 0 7 10

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 32-yard field goal, Browns 3–0, Drive: 7 plays, 14 yards, 1:41
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 60-yard field goal, Tied 3–3, Drive: 8 plays, 24 yards, 1:41
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • MIA – Anthony Fasano 11-yard pass from Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter kick), Tied 10–10, Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:49
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 23-yard field goal, Browns 13–10, Drive: 4 plays, −4 yards, 0:54
Top passers
  • CLE – Jake Delhomme – 24/34, 217 yards, 1 touchdown
  • MIA – Chad Henne – 16/32, 174 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • CLE – Abram Elam – 5 tackles, 2 assists, 1 interception
  • MIA – Tim Dobbins – 5 tackles, 2 assists

The Browns, coming off a close victory over the Panthers, headed to Sun Life Stadium for their Week 13 battle against the Miami Dolphins. After a scoreless first quarter, the Browns scored first on a Phil Dawson 32-yard field goal. The Dolphins tied it at the half with Dan Carpenter hitting a 60-yard field goal, the longest in franchise history. In the second half, Benjamin Watson gave the Browns a 10–3 lead with a 3-yard touchdown reception from Jake Delhomme. The Dolphins responded with Chad Henne driving Miami down the field and tying the game with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano. Late in the fourth quarter, Mike Adams intercepted Henne's pass and returned it to the 2. The Browns bled out the clock, and Dawson hit the game-winning field goal as time expired, giving the Browns a 13–10 victory.

With the win, the Browns improved to 5–7, matching their win total from the 2009 season.

Scoring summary[edit]

2nd quarter

  • 1:43 CLE – Dawson 32-yard field goal 3–0 CLE
  • 0:02 MIA – Carpenter 60-yard field goal 3–3

3rd quarter

  • 1:16 CLE – Watson 3-yard pass from Delhomme (Dawson kick) 10–3 CLE

4th quarter

  • 10:27 MIA – Fasano 11-yard pass from Henne (Carpenter kick) 10–10
  • 0:00 CLE – Dawson 23-yard field goal 13–10 CLE

Week 14: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week 14: Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 3 0 0 6
Bills 0 10 0 3 13

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
1st quarter
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 19-yard field goal, Browns 3–0, Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 4:49.
2nd quarter
  • BUF – David Nelson 11-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Bills 7–3, Drive: 14 plays, 89 yards, 8:14.
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 25-yard field goal, Bills 7–6, Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards, 5:36.
  • BUF – Rian Lindell 30-yard field goal, Bills 10–6, Drive: 9 plays, 63 yards, 3:38.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • BUF – Rian Lindell 19-yard field goal, Bills 13–6, Drive: 6 plays, 22 yards, 3:07.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Browns headed to New York to take on the Buffalo Bills for their Week 14 duel. It was a low-scoring affair due to the freezing rain pelting the field for much of the game. On their Oopening drive, the Browns drove down to the Bills' one-yard line but could not get into the end. Kicker Phil Dawson kicked a 19-yard field goal in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with David Nelson on an 11-yard pass for the game's only touchdown, giving the Bills a 7–3 lead. Dawson hit another field goal to pull the Browns within one, but a Rian Lindell 30-yard field goal gave the Bills a 10–6 lead at the half. Several turnovers in the second half stopped the Browns from making progress down the field, and another Lindell field goal in the fourth quarter sent the Browns to a 13–6 loss. The lone high point for the Browns was Peyton Hillis, who became the first white running back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season in 25 years.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 5–8 and were eliminated from playoff contention. This marks the eighth consecutive season in which the Browns failed to make the playoffs, a franchise record.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

  • 10:14 CLE – Dawson 19-yard field goal 3–0 CLE

2nd quarter

  • 9:33 BUF – Nelson 11-yard pass from Fitzpatrick (Lindell kick) 7–3 BUF
  • 3:56 CLE – Dawson 25-yard field goal 7–6 BUF
  • 0:17 BUF – Lindell 30-yard field goal 10–6 BUF

4th quarter

  • 7:59 BUF – Lindell 19-yard field goal 13–6 BUF

Week 15: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week 15: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 0 0 10 17
Bengals 0 10 6 3 19

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • CIN – Cedric Benson 18-yard run (Clint Stitser kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 10 plays, 91 yards, 6:15.
  • CIN – Clint Stitser 25-yard field goal, Bengals 10–7, Drive: 13 plays, 68 yards, 7:27.
3rd quarter
  • CIN – Clint Stitser 39-yard field goal, Bengals 13–7, Drive: 8 plays, 39 yards, 3:49.
  • CIN – Clint Stitser 34-yard field goal, Bengals 16–7, Drive: 10 plays, 37 yards, 5:26.
4th quarter
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 23-yard field goal, Bengals 16–10, Drive: 9 plays, 61 yards, 4:27.
  • CIN – Clint Stitser 20-yard field goal, Bengals 19–10, Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 4:08.
  • CLE – Brian Robiskie 46-yard pass from Colt McCoy (Phil Dawson kick), Bengals 19–17, Drive: 5 plays, 88 yards, 1:53.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Colt McCoy returned for the Cleveland Browns' week 15 Battle of Ohio against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns scored on their opening drive on a 20-yard pass from McCoy to Robert Royal. The Bengals answered with Cedric Benson's 18-yard run to tie the game. Over the rest of the second and third quarters, Clint Stitser hit three field goals to give the Bengals a 16–7 lead. After trading field goals in the fourth, the Browns got within two on a 46-yard pass to Brian Robiskie. However, the Browns failed to stop a third down conversion on the Bengals' next possession, and the Browns lost 19–17.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 5–9 and finished the season 2–6 on the road.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

2nd quarter

  • 12:52 CIN – Benson 18-yard run (Stitser kick) 7–7
  • 4:19 CIN – Stitser 25-yard field goal 10–7 CIN

3rd quarter

  • 11:11 CIN – Stitser 39-yard field goal 13–7 CIN
  • 3:33 CIN – Stitser 34-yard field goal 16–7 CIN

4th quarter

  • 14:06 CLE – Dawson 23-yard field goal 16–10 CIN
  • 9:58 CIN – Stitser 20-yard field goal 19–10 CIN
  • 2:13 CLE – Robiskie 46-yard pass from McCoy (Dawson kick) 19–17 CIN

Week 16: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week 16: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 13 7 0 20
Browns 7 3 0 0 10

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: December 26
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 26 °F (Clear & Windy, wind chill 13 °F)
  • Game attendance: 65,028
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
  • Recap
Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 27-yard field goal, Browns 7–3, Drive: 16 plays, 80 yards, 8:26.
  • BAL – T.J. Houshmandzadeh 15-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 10–7, Drive: 9 plays, 28 yards, 3:56.
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 40-yard field goal, Ravens 13–7, Drive: 9 plays, 28 yards, 3:56.
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 30-yard field goal, Ravens 13–10, Drive: 10 plays, 50 yards, 4:03.
3rd quarter
  • BAL – Derrick Mason 22-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 20–10, Drive: 3 plays, 38 yards, 1:30.
4th quarter
  • No scoring
Top passers
  • BAL – Joe Flacco – 12/19, 102 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • CLE – Colt McCoy – 15/29, 149 yards, 3 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Browns stayed home for their Week 16 AFC North battle with the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns scored first on a touchdown pass from wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi to wide receiver Brian Robiskie. In the second quarter, the Ravens stormed back, with two field goals by Billy Cundiff and a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to T. J. Houshmandzadeh. Phil Dawson hit a field goal late in the quarter to send the Browns into halftime down 13–10. The Browns opened the second half with a failed onside kick, which led to a Derrick Mason touchdown reception, and the Browns lost 20–10.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 5–10.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

2nd quarter

  • 13:35 BAL – Cundiff 27-yard field goal 7–3 CLE
  • 11:47 BAL – Houshmandzadeh 15-yard pass from Flacco (Cundiff kick) 10–7 BAL
  • 4:06 BAL – Cundiff 40-yard field goal 13–7 BAL
  • 0:03 CLE – Dawson 30-yard field goal 13–10 BAL

3rd quarter

  • 13:30 BAL – Mason 22-yard pass from Flacco (Cundiff kick) 20–10 BAL

Week 17: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week 17: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 14 17 7 3 41
Browns 0 3 0 6 9

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: January 2
  • Game time: 1:00 pm EST
  • Game weather: 25 °F (Sunny, wind chill: 13 °F)
  • Game attendance: 68,303
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
4th quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to close out their season on a positive note, the Browns stayed at home for a Week 17 AFC North rematch with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cleveland trailed early in the first quarter as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace, followed by running back Rashard Mendenhall getting a 1-yard touchdown run. The Browns answered in the second quarter with a 19-yard field goal from kicker Phil Dawson, but Pittsburgh struck back with Mendenhall's 1-yard touchdown run, followed by Roethlisberger's 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller, and kicker Shaun Suisham booting a 41-yard field goal.

The Steelers would add onto their lead in the third quarter as wide receiver Antwaan Randle El completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hines Ward. Afterwards, Pittsburgh closed out its dominating day in the fourth quarter with Suisham making a 24-yard field goal. Cleveland would close out the game with rookie quarterback Colt McCoy finding wide receiver Brian Robiskie on a 20-yard touchdown pass, sending the Browns to their worst loss of the season, 41–9.

With the loss, the Browns closed out their season at 5–11, matching their 2009 record. They were 3–5 at home.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st quarter

2nd quarter

  • 14:45 CLE – Dawson 19-yard field goal 14–3 PIT
  • 7:55 PIT – Mendenhall 1-yard run (Suisham kick) 21–3 PIT
  • 4:58 PIT – Miller 4-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) 28–3 PIT
  • 1:34 PIT – Suisham 41-yard field goal 31–3 PIT

3rd quarter

  • 7:24 PIT – Ward 3-yard pass from Randle El (Suisham kick) 38–3 PIT

4th quarter

  • 12:35 PIT – Suisham 24-yard field goal 41–3 PIT
  • 6:43 CLE – Robiskie 20-yard pass from McCoy 41–9 PIT

Mangini fired[edit]

The day after the season ended, team president Mike Holmgren fired head coach Eric Mangini after going 10–22 in two seasons.

2011 Pro Bowl[edit]

Despite the team's poor performance, T Joe Thomas[49] and C Alex Mack[50] were named to the AFC roster in the 2011 Pro Bowl. Thomas, who will be making his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, will be the team's starting left tackle.[49] Mack was originally selected as the second alternate at center, but was placed on the team after an injury to Nick Mangold of the New York Jets and Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers not being able to play because of the Steelers playing in Super Bowl XLV the following week.[50]

In addition to Thomas and Mack, six Browns' players were named as alternates. RB Peyton Hillis and G Eric Steinbach were named as second alternates; KR Josh Cribbs, ST Ray Ventrone, and FB Lawrence Vickers third alternates, and CB Joe Haden a fourth alternate at their respective positions.[49]

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