NFL Predictions Week 7: Players Who Will Lead Their Teams to Upsets

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 20, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 07:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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For players in the NFL, or any sport for that matter, there's nothing better than leading your team to a stunning upset victory over a heavily favored opponent. 

Now, with Week 7 approaching, there are a handful of star-caliber players who have opportunities to shock the football world by driving their respective teams to unexpected victories.

Here's a look at some of the big names who will do just that on Sunday.


Mark Sanchez

Last week, Shonn Greene carried the mail for the Jets in their win over the Colts. But this week against the Patriots, who boast the league's fifth-ranked run defense and fourth-worst pass defense, Mark Sanchez will have to be the difference-maker.

Yes, both teams are 3-3, but the Jets are an obvious underdog. A win by Rex Ryan's team would be surprising, especially because it would drop the Pats to 3-4.

For that to happen, Sanchez won't have to out-gun Tom Brady, but he will need to pass for more than the 82 yards he threw for last Sunday.

And he may have some help rather than competition from Tim Tebow, who may play running back on Sunday (via the LA Times).


Robert Griffin III

Just six weeks into Robert Griffin III's young career, it's clear that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is going to be a star in the NFL.

Last weekend against the Vikings, RGIII sent D.C. into a frenzy with his 76-yard touchdown run to seal the Redskins' victory over Minnesota, giving Washington its first home win in eight tries.

On Sunday against the Giants, Griffin will lead the Skins to another stunning victory, though this time, he may have to do more damage with his arm, as the G-men won't be as easy to cruise past on the ground.

Nonetheless, Griffin will continue to impress fans across the league and help the Redskins take down the reigning Super Bowl champions for the third straight time.


Cam Newton

Last season, Cam Newton was on his way to becoming the NFL's next big thing. But after a couple of disappointing losses early in 2012, his leadership was called into question.

However, Newton has remained positive about the Panthers' chances the rest of the season. And after a discussion with his father earlier this week about leadership (via ESPN), the 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year will bounce back and help Carolina to a critical victory against Dallas.

The Cowboys need this win even more than Carolina does, but Newton is due for a big game. Whether it's with his arm or with his feet, he won't be stopped on Sunday.