The Browns lost to the Vikings 51-3 during the season, a game in which Joe Kapp peppered the Cleveland secondary with long passes and threw for three touchdowns, all to Gene Washington. The defeat came on the heels of the Browns' 42-10 win over Dallas, and Cleveland wasn't up; Collier dismissed the game and the club didn't watch the films the following Tuesday. The Browns may take a look at them this week as they prepare for the championship game in Bloomington on Sunday.
The two teams are not very similar, except perhaps for the personalities of their quarterbacks. Although the Cleveland front four probably does just about as good a job against running and rushing the passer as the Four Norsemen or the Fearsome Foursome, no one has called them anything cute—just very good. The Brown linebackers don't blitz, so they are not as noticeable as a Nobis or a Butkus. The secondary covers well; the closest any defensive back came to showboating against Dallas was when Ernie Kellermann walked past Bob Hayes after a play, saw Hayes complaining about interference to an official and went through the motions of playing a violin. "Gosh," Kellermann said later when someone mentioned his act, "did everyone see that? It was just for Hayes, not the fans."
The Browns' Leroy Kelly, Bo Scott and Ron Johnson are more explosive runners than the Vikings' Bill Brown, Dave Osborn and Oscar Reed. Their wide receivers—Warfield and Collins—are more experienced and as fast as Henderson and Washington, and in Milt Morin they have one of the three best tight ends in the business. So they probably have more firepower and can score more easily from farther out than the Vikings. But the difference is minor and both clubs could have their powders damped if the temperature drops into the sub-zero range and the field freezes. If that happens, the game will probably go to the team with more guts, and both have plenty.
The Browns, though, may have a little more incentive. Monte Clark, an offensive tackle, compared his team's lack of celebrity to the unsung state of an offensive lineman. Added Warfield, "We figure we just go out and do our job. If we win enough games, there won't be any left to play. Maybe then we'll get the recognition we deserve." Off their performance against the Cowboys, it is likely that Warfield and his teammates will need one more win after next Sunday. The one in New Orleans.