For all intents and purposes the Detroit Lions' season is over. Their quest for the playoffs and NFL relevance will have to wait for 2013. That doesn't mean the remaining games are meaningless though. There are still valuable things to take away.
What can be learned in three weeks that we don't already know? Plenty.
How a team finishes the season, particularly a losing one says a lot about them. Remember 2010?
The Lions went 6-10, but it's the last four games everyone remembers. They played spoiler and won all of them.
That streak lit a fire under them that continued to burn through the offseason and set the table for the five-game win streak they opened 2011 with.
In other words, "meaningless" games can tell us a lot.
Here are 10 more take aways from the Lions' season that remains.
* All stats not linked are courtesy of ESPN