HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans are sticking with Ryan Mallett as their starting quarterback despite his recent struggles.

Mallett threw an interception and didn't lead the Texans to any points before was replaced by Brian Hoyer late in a 48-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Hoyer threw two touchdown passes and directed three scoring drives late against a Falcons defense that had pulled most of its starters. Hoyer won the job out of camp, but was benched after one game in favor of Mallett.

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The Texans (1-3) have a short turnaround before hosting AFC South foe Indianapolis on Thursday night.

Coach Bill O'Brien says that Mallett is their starter but that he ''knows he has to play better.''

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