The Dallas Cowboys are 4-4, and hard charging to a third consecutive 8-8 finish.
In the history of the National Football League, only two other teams have ever achieved the statistically challenging and ever-so-frustrating 8-8 records in three consecutive seasons.
As you can see from these two examples, 8-8 can usually lead to major changes:
From 1983 to 1985, the Green Bay Packers finished 8-8.
After the 1983 season, head coach Bart Starr was fired for his 8-8.
Forrest Gregg replaced him for a couple of more 8-8 records.
From 1996 to 1998, one 8-8 led to a franchise moving. The Houston Oilers were 8-8 in 1996; the team relocated to Tennessee in '97 and finished 8-8 in each of the next two years.
One other team has been .500 in three consecutive seasons, and they had a big change amid their mediocrity.
In 1932, the Boston Braves were 4-4-2. They then changed their name, but the record stayed the same. The Boston Redskins were 5-5-2 in 1933. And they were 6-6-0 in 1934.
For the Cowboys, a third straight 8-8 could lead to a playoff appearance and a division title and no such massive change. The head coach would return. They would not relocate to a different city. And they would not change the team name.
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