Source: Texans turn to Allen at QB over Mills

by Ricardo Gutierrez - The Texans are turning to Kyle Allen to start at quarterback against the Dolphins after Davis Mills' season-worst performance against the Commanders, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Texans bench QB Davis Mills in favor of Kyle Allen, source confirms play Davis Mills scrambles for Texans' first TD of the game (0:26) Davis Mills cuts into the Commanders' lead with a fourth-quarter TD run. (0:26) 1:38 PM ET DJ Bien-AimeESPN The Houston Texans have benched starting quarterback Davis Mills , with backup quarterback Kyle Allen stepping in for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins , a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday. The benching comes on the heels of Mills' worst performance of the season Sunday in a 23-10 loss to the Washington Commanders . Against the Commanders, Mills completed 57.6% of his passes for 169 yards and two interceptions, including a pick-six on the opening drive. Texans coach Lovie Smith had declined to name a starting quarterback during his Wednesday news conference, saying he didn't want to "give the opponent an advantage." Editor's Picks NFL hot seat preview and Week 12 buzz: Who's in trouble, who's next, coach of the year candidates and upset picks 5h Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano NFL Network first reported that Allen would start against the Dolphins. The Texans had hoped Mills, a 2021 third-round pick out of Stanford , could become the quarterback of the future after showing promise in his rookie year. But he has struggled through his sophomore year, with his completion percentage falling to 61.9% and his passer rating dipping to 78.1, ranking in the bottom 10 in the NFL in both categories. Mills has also had an NFL-high 11 passes intercepted, surpassing his interception total (10) from last season. The Texans hope the switch to Allen will provide a spark to an offense that ranks 32nd in total yards per game (285.9) and 26th in passing yards per game (192.2). This is Allen's fifth season in the NFL after spending his first four years with the Carolina Panthers and Commanders. He is 7-10 as a starter with 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in his career.