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Dallas Cowboys shut out for first time since 2003 in loss to Indianapolis Colts

A Cowboys team on a five-game win streak had the chance to lock up the NFC East title at Indianapolis on Sunday.

Instead, red-zone struggles haunted Dallas yet again, a linebacker corps that regained Sean Lee couldn’t stop the run and yet another Cowboys offensive lineman sustained an injury.

The result: The Cowboys suffered their first shutout in 15 years in a 23-0 loss to the Colts. With Washington beating Jacksonville 16-13, Dallas’ hunt for a division title heads to next week.

Here are three things we learned:

1. Where was Amari Cooper? 

The Cowboys’ stout defense has outperformed its offense this season. The acquisition and integration of receiver Amari Cooper was the turning point for a unit that began producing enough to climb atop the NFC East. At Indianapolis, Cooper touched the ball four times in 38 first-half plays, with quarterback Dak Prescott targeting him on just four of 19 passes before the half. Cooper had 32 receiving yards all day, a far cry from his 217-yard performance last week against the Eagles. Prescott entered the day with zero touchdowns and two interceptions in 91 attempts against zone coverages since the trade for Cooper, according to Sports Info Solutions. Against the Colts’ zone-heavy defense, Prescott had zero scores and an interception.

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