Texans to start QB Davis Mills vs. Cowboys, coach Lovie Smith says


The Houston Texans plan to start quarterback Davis Mills on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, head coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Mills started the Texans’ first 10 games this season before being benched following a 23-10 loss to the Washington Commanders in Week 11.
  • In those 10 games, Mills has completed 61.9 percent of his passing attempts for 2,144 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and led the team to a 1-8-1 record.
  • Kyle Allen started the last two games for Houston, which went 0-2, and completed 59 percent of his passes for 416 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.


The Texans drafted Mills in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He started 11 games as a rookie and posted a passer rating of 88.8. This season his passer rating through 10 games was 78.1.

Why the Texans are returning to Mills

Among 42 qualified quarterbacks (minimum 70 attempts), Allen ranks last in EPA/dropback. Mills ranks 37th.

The Texans have ranked last in EPA/drive the past two weeks with Allen under center. They ranked 31st Weeks 1-11 with Mills. — Reiss

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