Houston Texans shaking things up ahead of Week 14 clash with Cowboys

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Houston Texans shaking things up ahead of Week 14 clash with Cowboys
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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Let's make a deal! Composite Getty Image.

The MLB trade deadline is right around the corner, and the Astros have already been linked to several intriguing names across baseball.

Astros GM Dana Brown has reportedly been in conversations with the Mets about first baseman Pete Alonso and pitcher Luis Severino, according to The Athletic's Jim Bowden.

Bowden is also reporting that Brown has asked about Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker, Cubs first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger, and White Sox pitcher Garrett Crochet.

Considering the Astros' needs, pitching appears to be the club's top priority, with Justin Verlander still on the IL and Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers not guaranteed to contribute this season.

While it would be nice to upgrade at first base, Jon Singleton and Mauricio Dubon have done a decent job since Jose Abreu was released earlier this year.

The other factor to consider is which teams will actually be sellers at the deadline. It's hard to believe the Mets and Diamondbacks will be looking to sell based on their records at the All Star break. New York currently holds the third wild card spot, and the D-Backs are only a game behind them.

Be sure to watch the video above as we examine which players would be the best fit for Houston, what they would have to give up in the trade, the likelihood of getting a deal done, and much more!

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