Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns, 1965
The 1965 Browns team was also a contender for a division title. In fact, why even try to make it suspenseful? The fact is, the Browns were contenders in every single year of the 1960s, without any exceptions. This game against the Philadelphia Eagles is of decent video quality and is one of the few that can be accessed via Youtube that has Jim Brown in full color. He went for over 100 yards rushing in this game and nearly made 200 yards from scrimmage. You can see classic Jim Brown at his best.
The Philly side was just as impressive, however. They too had a Pro Bowl running back named Brown. That would be Timmy Brown, who had a great career with Philadelphia, playing for eight years and then finishing with the Colts. Fullback Earl Gros was also productive as a runner and receiver out of the backfield.
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Quarterback Norm Snead was one of those guys who was talented enough, but never seemed to catch on with the right team. He played in the NFL for 16 years and had a career record of 52-100-7, which is kind of the same as a last place baseball team. He would make it to four Pro Bowls, but zero playoff appearances over his career.
On defense, a major star was linebacker Maxie Baughan, who was a nine-time Pro-Bowler and two-time All-Pro. He probably should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He can go in the same class as Clay Matthews of the Browns. Heck, give them Greasy Neale’s spot. After the Browns and Paul Brown spanked him in 1950 for ridiculing the Browns, there is no way he should have been rewarded with the Hall of Fame.
The Browns were headed to the NFL Championship game again, which they would lose to the Green Bay Packers. There is a video of that game, which merges the radio broadcast to cover missing audio from the TV broadcast, but the low quality makes it difficult to watch, and the fact that the Browns did not win also does not help matters.