Jerry Jones has some talented players on his roster.
That's a good thing.
The bad thing is that the Dallas Cowboys just aren't good enough to compete with the rest of the league at an elite level.
What does that mean?
Winning eight games is all this team is worth.
Since 2010, the Cowboys have lost 11 games by fewer than three points, the second-most in the NFL.
The Cowboys' record over the last two seasons under Jason Garrett is 20-20. In a division as bad as the NFC East is right now, it's hard to believe the Cowboys will produce more than eight wins in 2013.
You can blame any number of people for this, but when the Cowboys get on the field, they're not capable of doing anything but disappointing their fans against winning teams.
This win-one, lose-one pattern the team has been stuck in is frustrating to both the fans and the players inside the locker room.
Sean Lee said after the loss to the Lions that 8-8 is all the Cowboys are ever going to be if they don't start winning games like Sunday's in Detroit.
It was a game the Cowboys were supposed to win, but couldn't when the defense failed to stop the Lions.
Think about the Cowboys' loss to the Denver Broncos in early October. It was a game the Cowboys had no business winning, but they controlled their own fate late in the game at AT&T Stadium.
Denver ended up winning, 51-48.
Jones talked about moral victories because of the numbers that Peyton Manning is putting up. Jones didn't talk about such things after the loss to the Lions.
Over the next two months, the Cowboys face several teams with playoff hopes and three divisional opponents who have no business playing in January.
The Cowboys have a chance to emerge with the NFC East division title, which would likely make them the fourth seed in the NFC playoffs and give them a home playoff game against possibly San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit or Carolina.
How many wins will the Cowboys have going into that contest?
That's all they're good for.