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Allan Bell
Allan Bell
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Allan Bell was a founding creator of NFL coverage at 247Sports where he served as managing editor before joining the SportsLine team in 2019. You have likely heard him in radio markets from Los Angeles to New York, Nashville and everywhere else in between. He brings a wealth of knowledge to attack the boards, using both an analytical approach and his connections to former players and front office members to understand the 'why' and truly get inside the lines. Allan believes a winning wager only has value when you bring others with you. His method is simple: We win together. Let's have a day!
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L.A. Rams 23 @ Cincinnati 20 | 02/13 | 11:30 PM UTC

L.A. Rams -3.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Cincinnati Bengals want to win Super Bowl LVI. The Los Angeles Rams HAVE to win Super Bowl LVI. This is it for Les Snead, Sean McVay and co. The Rams have leveraged their NFL Draft future for this very moment, in fact they don't have a 1st round pick until 2024. The picks have been traded, deals have been done. Not to mention for Matthew Stafford it's now or never as well. Mind you, this is nothing against Joe Burrow and the Bengals. Tremendous story and they'll be back (plus Burrow is the truth), but there's blood in the water for Los Angeles. The Rams have the better offense. The Rams have the better defense. I've ridden Los Angeles throughout the postseason under the exact same mantra, they have to win and everyone knows it. I'm certainly not stopping now.

+90 3-2 IN LAST 5 LAR ATS PICKS

San Francisco 17 @ L.A. Rams 20 | 01/30 | 11:30 PM UTC

L.A. Rams -3.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Rams almost blew it in the Divisional Round against the Buccaneers and that's exactly why I'm taking them right now. Yes, I know the history between these two head coaches and the record on Kyle Shanahan's side...but that comes to an end Sunday. Los Angeles' offense is both explosive and extremely balanced at the moment, a tough blend to find, and with last week's scare this team (and play-calling) got the point. Keep. The. Foot. On. The. Gas. Pedal. We'll get just that Sunday from the Rams and with two massive motivational reasons too. Sean McVay to prove himself against Shanahan and a Los Angeles team that has leveraged it's entire draft future for this moment right here, right now. Not to mention a home game in the Super Bowl. Matthew Stafford knows it's now or never as well, Rams roll.

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+90 3-2 IN LAST 5 SF ATS PICKS

Cincinnati 27 @ Kansas City 24 | 01/30 | 8:00 PM UTC

Kansas City -7

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Care to know a secret? Through ten playoff games so far, all ten teams that won the game covered the spread as well. Yes, there have been a few underdog outright wins to help that number, but historically it holds up...to the tune of 31 of the previous 34 NFL playoff games. I'll ride that train and since I believe Kansas City wins the game, so to I'll ride them to cover as well (and get the number at 7 in case it moves to 7.5). The Chiefs are deadly at home in the playoffs and have covered six straight at Arrowhead this season. Cincinnati is a good team and Joe Burrow is the truth, but their last three opponents have scored 21 or fewer in all three...and I don't think it's because of a particularly staunch defense. The Chiefs are on a mission and I'm happy to ride along.

L.A. Rams 30 @ Tampa Bay 27 | 01/23 | 8:00 PM UTC

L.A. Rams +3

WIN

ANALYSIS: It's a cliche at this point to say this game centers around Tom Brady but we're looking to the other side of the ball this time. Los Angeles boasts a front good enough to get after Tom Brady, something he hasn't seen in a month, and Tampa has some serious offensive line issues coming out of that win last week over Philadelphia. Los Angeles has a new spark back in Cam Akers and this Rams offense is good enough to balance out a tough Tampa defense. Couple that with Brady already 0-2 in his Bucs career against LA and Sean McVay is 12-3 (3-0 this season) in the Eastern Time Zone. The Bucs boast a 38% blitz rate (2nd highest in the NFL) and usually it's where they find their defensive success. The problem is Matthew Stafford is lethal against the blitz, 17 TD's to just one INT this season. When not blitzed those numbers shift to 26 TD's and 16 INT's. Neutralizing the Tampa DL and OL is an equation I'll buy into, give me the Rams plus the points.

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Tennessee 28 @ Houston 25 | 01/09 | 6:00 PM UTC

Tennessee -10.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Welcome to the nightmare scenario for a rookie QB. This game aside, I like Texans' QB Davis Mills, strong accuracy and has taken leadership after a wild quarterback season in Houston. That said, this one could get ugly in a hurry. Tennessee is playing for the No. 1 seed in the AFC Playoffs, already suffered an embarrassing upset to Houston earlier this season AND are finally getting healthy for the first time all season. Expect a full game on the offensive gas pedal from Tannehill and the Titans because if they win they get their rest next week with a 1st round BYE. Tennessee boasts the 2nd best run defense in the NFL and a secondary loaded with guys who can cause turnovers, nowhere for Mills to go. Lastly, Tennessee's defense is only giving up 9.8 PPG on average over its last four (the last two shutting down both the 49ers and Dolphins' streaks). Mike Vrabel doesn't mess around in these games, and just between you and me, here in Nashville the players might have an interest in putting on a show to secure Vrabel Coach of the Year honors. Wink Wink.

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