Stephen A. Smith is not a believer in the Bengals(VIDEO)

On Sunday, the Bengals went into Atlanta and beat the Falcons 37-36, and after the first quarter of the NFL season, the Cincinnati Bengals are 3-1, which puts them tied with the Ravens atop of the AFC North. (Bengals hold the tie-breaker after beating Baltimore in Week 2).

Cincy is playing some really good football right now, but some don’t believe in this team, including ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who had this to say about the Bengals on Monday.

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At this point, Marvin Lewis has this team playing well, and they’re getting quality play from QB Andy Dalton, who has thrown 11 touchdowns after four weeks.  Smith is correct about the team’s failures in the playoffs under Lewis(0-7 in playoffs), but if Dalton continues to play at this level, Cincy can get to the playoffs, and maybe, just maybe they will break through this time around.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis takes medical leave of absence

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will take a leave of absence to focus on a “minor” health issue, the Bengals announced today.  According to the NFL Network’s Stacey Dales, Lewis is dealing with a blood clot in his ankle.

Lewis could be back later in the week, according to the team.

Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons will lead the team until Lewis is able to return. 

The 58-year-old Lewis has coached the Bengals for the past 14 years. Lewis has led Cincinnati to the playoffs for five straight years, and seven times in total. However, Lewis has not been able to win a playoff game for the Bengals. 

Lewis is the all-time winningest coach in Bengals history.