It's time to put up or shut up in the NFL. Week 6 is rolling around, which means the good teams have begun to separate from the bad. We know who the contenders are, we know who's on the outside looking in. All that is left to decide is which team wants it the most.
This is the part of the year where the competition is fiercest and the intensity is highest. In order to win, the stars must come out to play and they must play well.
The five players listed here are as critical to their team's success as any player in the league. If they want to sniff the playoffs in 2012, a superb performance is required in Week 6.
In short, these players must carry their teams or risk falling out of the spotlight for the rest of the year.