To the diehard fan at the start of the 2019 National Football League season, the Philadelphia Eagles looked good on paper.
"The team's offensive line had been described as 'elite' with its roughshod roster of All-Pro and Pro Bowl players, and its franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz, appeared to be ready to crush the competition.
But almost as important, and mostly behind the scenes, the Eagles had been preparing with an unconventional weapon. Just as they'd done for the last several years - a stretch that included victory in the 2017 Super Bowl- the team was investing heavily in data analytics, the technological equivalent of an extra player on the field..."
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