THE KEY PLAYERS

The 5 Astros with the biggest impact on the World Series

Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa were key players. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The five most important Astros in this year’s World Series:

5) Charlie Morton. He was terrific in both the Game 4 loss and his Game 7 relief appearance. Spared a Ken Giles experience in Game 7.

4) Jose Altuve. The league MVP. His numbers weren’t terrific but he was clutch at times  -- especially Game 5 -- and they do not win it without him.

3) Alex Bregman. The young third baseman was a force throughout, hitting big homers, getting the game winning hit in Game 5 and playing flashy defense. Emerged as a legitimate star in the postseason.

3) Carlos Correa. It gets overlooked just how good this young man has become, but he was solid in the series. And he proposed to his girlfriend after the game. That should be worth something.

1) George Springer. The Series MVP was a tough out all series, and he was at his best in Game 7, with a leadoff double and run and then a big two-run homer to give Houston a 5-0 lead.

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The Texans are making a change at QB. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith announced on Wednesday that Davis Mills will start this week's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

QB Kyle Allen has struggled in his two starts since replacing Davis Mills. He went into halftime down 30-0 against Miami two weeks ago. The Texans eventually lost 30-15, with Allen passing for 215 yards with 1 TD and 2 interceptions.

Allen had issues generating offense against the Browns last Sunday as well, losing 27-14. Allen only passed for 201 yards with 1 TD, 2 interceptions and a lost fumble.

Allen certainly hasn't done anything to hold on to the starting job, but Mills was benched for a reason. He led the league in interceptions (11) before being benched.

Mills did play better last season when he took over for Tyrod Taylor in December. In Mills' first start he threw for 331 yards with 1 TD and 0 interceptions in the Texans' 33-13 loss to the Seahawks.

Mills is 1-8-1 on the year with 2,144 passing yards 11 TDs and 11 interceptions. The second year QB will have his hands full against the Cowboys stout defense. The Texans are 16 underdogs against Dallas currently.

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