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Andy Dalton and A.J. Green help Bengals earn workmanlike victory

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SAN DIEGO — The Cincinnati Bengals still have a two-game lead in the AFC North, thanks to a workmanlike performance against the San Diego Chargers.

Andy Dalton threw a go-ahead, 21-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open A.J. Green late in the third quarter and the Bengals beat the Chargers, 17-10, on Sunday.

With the score tied at 7, the Bengals got the ball after Dre Kirkpatrick stripped tight end Antonio Gates after a reception at the Cincinnati 25, the Chargers’ third turnover.

Ten plays later, A.J. Green split the defense for an easy touchdown, with safety Eric Weddle and cornerback Marcus Gilchrist only able to watch.

The Bengals (8-4), coming off their bye, kept a two-game lead over Baltimore.

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