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The Bengals win their second game on the road in a row. However, some media and fans alike would have you believe that the Bengals did not take care of business.

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Bengals hang on for a too-close win over the Texans | ProFootballTalk
For most of the day, Andy Dalton looked like his normal day-game self. Then prime-time Dalton kicked in, and the Bengals had to hang on to beat the Texans 22-13. Dalton was his efficient best early in the game, but the Bengals couldn't pull away.

Ryan Mallett Shaky In 22-13 Loss To Cincinnati Bengals
If you were wondering why the Texans were hesitant to pull Ryan Fitzpatrick and go with Ryan Mallett, well now you know why. Ryan Mallett‘s first home-start probably didn’t go quite as he planned. He looked shaky throughout the game and was probably more inaccurate than any past Fitzpatrick start this season.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans - Recap - November 23, 2014 - ESPN
Andy Dalton gave his father Greg a special 55th birthday present by finally getting a win in his hometown. Dalton lost his first three games against the Houston Texans, including twice here in the playoffs, but threw for 233 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a 22-13 win on Sunday.

Rapid Reaction: Cincinnati Bengals defeat Houston Texans - ESPN
Two years ago, the Bengals won seven of their last eight games to get into the playoffs. Last year, they went 4-1 in December to also reach the postseason. So with all that in mind, what did Sunday's win, one week after another victory in front of another hostile crowd, mean? It meant that maybe the Bengals aren't the inconsistent club they have been most of this season. Perhaps they're just a good late-season team? If you had told the Bengals before the season that they would go 2-0 in back-to-back weeks at New Orleans and Houston, they'd have taken it. As part of one of their more difficult parts of the schedule, it seemed the Bengals would be lucky to earn a split in these two games. But they now have a second straight win and are 7-3-1.

Dalton, Green lead Cincinnati Bengals to 22-13 win over Houston Texans | Star Tribune

Andy Dalton gave his father Greg a special 55th birthday present by finally getting a win in his hometown. Dalton lost his first three games against the Houston Texans, including twice here in the playoffs, but threw for 233 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a 22-13 win on Sunday. "It's cool to get a win here," Dalton said. "(And) have it timed up where we were playing in Houston on his birthday. It's a special day." Dalton got to chat with his father for a couple of minutes on his way off the field.

Texans lose 22-13 to Bengals, fall to 5-6 on season - Ultimate Texans

Sunday represented a happy homecoming for former Houston-area high school star Andy Dalton and an equally enjoyable 55th birthday celebration for Dalton’s father, Greg. It was considerably less festive, however, for the Houston Texans. Dalton, the former Katy and TCU standout, threw for 233 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a 22-13 win over the Texans before 71,777 at NRG Stadium.

Mallett struggles in second career start as Cincinnati Bengals beat Houston Texans 22-13 | Fox News

Ryan Mallett was unable to build off his impressive starting debut. Mallett struggled in his second career start, finishing with 189 yards passing and often overthrowing open receivers in a 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Andy Dalton threw for 233 yards and a touchdown and A.J. Green had 121 yards receiving to help Cincinnati to the victory.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans - Recap - November 23, 2014 - ESPN

Andy Dalton gave his father Greg a special 55th birthday present by finally getting a win in his hometown. Dalton lost his first three games against the Houston Texans, including twice here in the playoffs, but threw for 233 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a 22-13 win on Sunday.

Marshawn Lynch Answers Nearly Every Postgame Question With "Yeah"

Last week, Marshawn Lynch was fined $100,000 for refusing to speak with reporters after a game. After yesterday's 19-3 Seahawks win over the Cardinals, Lynch technically answered the media's questions--most of them with, simply, "yeah."