Nearly nothing has gone according to plan so far this year. Replacement refs made a travesty of the early weeks, teams that were predicted to be powerhouses stumbled out of the gates, teams that were predicted to serve as doormats for those powerhouses surged to the top of their divisions, and even a team like San Francisco—which was expected to play well, and has—finds itself in a three-way tie with Arizona and Seattle atop the NFC West.
Suddenly, we find ourselves in Week 7. Enough screwing around—teams that have had up-and-down weeks and now find themselves in the midst of tight divisional standings need to string together some wins if they want to make it to the playoffs.
Here is a look at five individual players whose Week 7 performances will be paramount to their respective team's success—players who need to carry their teams to victory this week, and for the rest of the season.