FALCON POINTS

Breaking down the odds on who will become the Texans next head coach

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The Texans will be in the market for a new coach in the off-season, and there will be no shortage of names thrown out there. In fact, there are already odds out on who that will be. Who will be the next Bill O'Brien? Let's take a look at the names and how they would fit (odds are from sportsbetting.ag):

Eric Bieniemy 1-1: The Chiefs OC is the consensus favorite, and rightfully so. He would bring a dynamic offense to Houston.

Dabo Swinney 5-1: The Clemson coach will be linked to the job all year, but it's doubtful he would leave college.

Josh McDaniels 6-1: In the name of Tim Tebow, please no. No more Patriot Way BS.

Greg Roman 9-1: Baltimore's OC has done a terrific job with Lamar Jackson. Solid choice.

Lincoln Riley 10-1: Bloom may be off after two losses this year, but no doubting his offensive skills.

Brian Daboll 12-1: Bills OC has done wonders with Josh Allen; will get a job somewhere.

Byron Leftwich 12-1: Tampa OC is a former QB and a rising star.

Matt Eberflus 14-1: No one wants to talk about a defensive coach, but he has done wonders in Indy.

Robert Saleh 14-1: Another defensive-minded coach as SF DC, his name will come up for several openings.

Romeo Crennel 14-1: The interim coach probably needs a playoff run to be considered full time, but he isn't a long term answer.

Jim Harbaugh 16-1: The Michigan coach tends to wear out his welcome fast and is as bullyish as Bill O'Brien. Probably not a good fit.

Don Martindale 20-1: Ravens DC would be a strong hire. Anything Raven is a good thing. He would need to right OC, but the defense would improve immediately.

Mike Gundy 20-1: He's a man! He's 20-1! Probably no shot here, but who would not love a little mullet action?

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Houston gets the best of the Dodgers

Astros behind McCullers Jr. get shutout win in hostile Dodger Stadium

Yordan Alvarez added some big insurance runs against the Dodgers on Tuesday night. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Having dropped two of three in San Francisco against the league record-leading Giants over the weekend, the Astros exited an off day on Monday and entered a hostile environment at Dodger Stadium in the first of a two-game series on Tuesday night. With some timely hits and an excellent start from their starter, Houston would grab the win.

Final Score: Astros 3, Dodgers 0

Astros' Record: 65-42, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (9-2)

Losing Pitcher: Walker Buehler (11-2)

Houston scores first as McCullers Jr. out-duels Buehler

After nearly turning the game's very first pitch around for a home run but instead going foul, Jose Altuve still started the game with a single in the top of the first. A double play would erase him, though, as the game remained scoreless into the top of the third. Martin Maldonado led that inning off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch by Walker Buehler, then scored on an RBI double by Michael Brantley, putting Houston ahead 1-0.

Houston threatened again in the top of the fourth, getting two on with two outs, bringing up Martin Maldonado with an empty base, which the Dodgers would use by intentionally walking him to get to Lance McCullers Jr., who grounded out to strand all three runners. He made up for it on the mound, though, out-dueling Buehler, who finished six innings while allowing a run by getting into the seventh scoreless. He would get two outs into that frame while giving up a single and a walk, leaving two on base for Blake Taylor, who came in to get the third out. McCullers Jr.'s final line: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 110 P.

Alvarez adds insurance as Astros take the opener in LA

Clinging to the one-run lead in the top of the eighth, Carlos Correa worked a one-out walk to bring Yordan Alvarez to the plate, who demolished a 415-foot two-run homer to add two big insurance runs, extending the lead to 3-0. Kendall Graveman took over out of the bullpen in the bottom of the eighth and, despite allowing a leadoff single and hitting a batter, was able to finish a scoreless inning.

With Ryan Pressly on the paternity list, Houston handed the ball to Ryne Stanek to close things out in the bottom of the ninth. He would get the job done, earning the save by retiring the Dodgers in order, giving the Astros the win at the dismay of the fans in Los Angeles.

Up Next: This short series's second and final game will begin thirty minutes earlier on Wednesday at 8:40 PM Central. For the Dodgers, they will get the debut of Max Scherzer (8-4, 2.76 ERA), while Jake Odorizzi (4-5, 4.30 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros.

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