ARLINGTON, Texas -- Confidence is good when it's based on demonstrated ability.
But what happens when arrogance and cockiness puts you in the state of denial about real issues?
That gets you beat.
More important for the Dallas Cowboys, following Sunday's 35-30 loss to the surprising Los Angeles Rams, it has them at a crossroads heading into an uncertain part of the season.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott might have played his last game for a while. On Monday, the 5th Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals could overturn the temporary injunction that has allowed him to play, forcing him to begin a six-game suspension immediately.
The uncertainty is the reason the Cowboys needed to win as many games as possible with Elliott on the field.
They are 2-2 and it has a lot of do with arrogance and a denial of issues that have plagued this team since the start of the season.
Don't let the 30 points on offense fool you or the obvious problems on a defense minus linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) against a Rams team that is the league's new rising star with a 3-1 mark.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley are the Elliott and Dak Prescott of this season.
Gurley exploited the Cowboys linebackers all day, rushing for 121 yards and recording seven catches for 94 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown.