|1967 Cleveland Browns season|
|Head coach||Blanton Collier|
|Home field||Cleveland Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFL Century|
|Playoff finish||Lost Eastern Conference Championship Game (at Cowboys) 14-52|
Lost NFL Playoff Bowl (vs. Rams) 6-30
The 1967 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 18th season with the National Football League. The Browns were back in the playoffs after a one-year absence. They finished 9-5, the same as in 1966, but this time, it was good enough for them to get in as they won the Century Division championship in the first year of play after the NFL split the Eastern and Western conferences into two divisions each. The division race was not close, as the Browns finished two games ahead of the runner-up New York Giants (7-7), their old arch rival in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Running Back Leroy Kelly went over 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight time, getting 1,205 to go along with 11 touchdowns, while Ernie Green, now out of the shadow of Jim Brown, went over 700 yards for the second year in a row, getting 710. Quarterback Frank Ryan, the architect of the 27-0 1964 NFL title game victory over the Baltimore Colts, was in his last full season as a starter. He had 20 TD passes and 16 interceptions. But Ryan, with his body, especially his shoulder, beat up, gave way to Bill Nelsen early the next year.
The 52-14 playoff loss to Dallas in the Eastern Conference title contest caused Browns head coach Blanton Collier to re-shape his team at other positions as well, as new players were brought in to replace some of the fading stars who had carried the club for years. For instance, this was the last season for Hall of Fame place-kicker Lou Groza, who retired for the second time - this time for good - after making 11 of 23 field-goal tries. Groza, the last member of the original Browns from the team's inception in 1946, would retire after 21 seasons, followed the next season by another Hall of Fame kicker, Don Cockroft.
The following were selected in the 1967 NFL Draft.
|2||46||Larry Conjar||Running Back||Notre Dame|
|3||55||Don Cockroft||Kicker||Adams State|
|3||72||Eppie Barney||Flanker||Iowa State|
|4||83||Carl Ward||Defensive Back||Michigan|
|7||177||Bill House||Tackle||Youngstown State|
|8||205||Bill Devrow||Defensive Back||Southern Mississippi|
|11||282||Bill Sabatino||Defensive Tackle||Colorado|
|13||333||Billy Andrews||Linebacker||Southeastern Louisiana|
|15||386||Dennis Williamson||Defensive Back||Wisconsin-Whitewater|
|17||439||Ben Davis||Defensive Back||Defiance|
|1||August 5, 1967||vs. Philadelphia Eagles at Canton||L 13-28|
|2||August 13, 1967||at San Francisco 49ers||L 14-42|
|3||August 19, 1967||at Los Angeles Rams||L 17-24|
|4||August 25, 1967||at Atlanta Falcons||L 31-34|
|5||September 2, 1967||Green Bay Packers||L 21-30|
|6||September 10, 1967||at Minnesota Vikings||W 42-14|
There was a doubleheader on September 2, 1967 Falcons vs Vikings and Packers vs Browns.
|1||September 17, 1967||Dallas Cowboys||L 14-21|
|2||September 24, 1967||at Detroit Lions||L 14-31|
|3||October 1, 1967||at New Orleans Saints||W 42-7|
|4||October 7, 1967||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 21-10|
|5||October 15, 1967||St. Louis Cardinals||W 20-16|
|6||October 22, 1967||Chicago Bears||W 24-0|
|7||October 29, 1967||at New York Giants||L 34-38|
|8||November 5, 1967||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 34-14|
|9||November 12, 1967||at Green Bay Packers||L 7-55|
|10||November 19, 1967||Minnesota Vikings||W 14-10|
|11||November 26, 1967||Washington Redskins||W 42-37|
|12||December 3, 1967||New York Giants||W 24-14|
|13||December 10, 1967||at St. Louis Cardinals||W 20-16|
|14||December 17, 1967||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 24-28|
The Browns clinch their first Century Division title with a 20-16 victory at St. Louis. One touchdown comes on an 18-yard interception return by linebacker Jim Houston and the game ends when St. Louis tight end Jackie Smith catches a 41-yard pass and is dragged down at the Cleveland 18 yard line.
|Eastern Conference Championship||December 24, 1967||at Dallas Cowboys||L 14-52|
|Playoff Bowl||January 7, 1968||N Los Angeles Rams||L 6-30|
|New York Giants||7||7||0||.500||5-1||7-3||369||379||W1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||6||7||1||.462||1-4-1||4-5-1||333||356||L2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.