If you believe winning cures all, you'll inevitably end up losing.

This is something the Dallas Cowboys got a stern reminder of when they faced off with the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15 of the 2018 season, winners of five straight going into the contest. In that stretch to climb back from the abyss of 3-5, they defeated two division rivals — including a sweep of the Philadelphia Eagles — and turned the NFL upside-down with an impressive beatdown of the then and now No. 1-seeded New Orleans Saints. Praises for the Cowboys were being sung from the tops of the mountains, and they supposedly could do no wrong, despite the fact they actually were —even if it was being masked by their white-hot dominance of mid-November to early December.

To put it plainly, there were areas of the team that deserved an ovation because they were responsible for the Cowboys winning games, but there were still other facets that deserved continued criticism — even if it was/is the unpopular thing to do — because it held them back from truly being as dominant as they could've been and/or can be.

You're already aware of how both running back Ezekiel Elliott and wide receiver Amari Cooper can take over a game. The two delivered gargantuan outings to help one of the league's best defenses propel the Cowboys forward in the late November-early December stretch of the season, but every sword has two edges. For all the beauty residing in Elliott and Cooper, their impact has allowed many to believe the offense had been fixed somehow, when the opposite was true. Despite their individual performances, the Cowboys were still one of the worst-ranked offensive units in the NFL, and things aren't any better on the heels of being shutout by the Colts.

That wasn't a sudden aberration.

As a matter of fact, a study of trends dictate it was bound to happen sooner or later, especially when keying in on their woes in the red zone — a very real abhorration.