Top three teams are set, but who's No. 4?

The NFL has three excellent teams, but no fourth team has elevated its play to get to that elite level.

Updated: November 12, 2004, 1:05 PM ET
By Sean Salisbury | ESPN Insider
Right now the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles are the three teams that are obviously at the top of the NFL. But I'm at a loss to find out who the fourth team is in this equation. Normally at this point in the season it's pretty clear who the top six or seven squads are, but this season is decidedly different.

The Indianapolis Colts made a point that they might be the fourth team in the first half of their Monday night game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Colts held the Vikings to just six points in the first half, but ended up only winning 31-28 in the end.

Or maybe the Atlanta Falcons, or the San Diego Chargers, are the fourth best team. It's unclear and one of these teams must step up and claim it immediately.