Texans bench struggling QB Davis Mills for Kyle Allen

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have benched Davis Mills and will start Kyle Allen at quarterback Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Coach Lovie Smith announced the decision Friday.

“Reasons why, it’s like this for all positions … you always look for the best option that gives you the best chance to win,” he said. “And that’s where we are right now.”

Mills, who is in his second year, has struggled as the Texans (1-8-1) have lost five games in a row. They are the only NFL team with just one win. Mills has thrown seven interceptions with just five touchdowns during Houston’s five-game skid.

A third-round pick out of Stanford, Mills has started every game this season for the Texans and has thrown for 2,144 yards with 11 touchdowns and an NFL-high 11 interceptions.

“I wish everything was rolling the way we would like for it, the way we envisioned it happening and we didn’t have to make some of these decisions,” Smith said. “But things haven’t gone well and we need to get it better. So we need to make some moves like this to see if we can jump-start it.”

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