Braylon Edwards, Jets receiver: If not for what transpired Tuesday morning, Edwards would be listed among the "Rising" this week. He had a big game Sunday against the Patriots, making several clutch receptions for first downs, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Then he allegedly scored again, this time a 0.16 on a breathalyzer, and brought more shame on the Jets at a time when they're trying to get their frat house in order.
Chan Gailey, Bills head coach: He's a coach who has shown creativity in generating yards and points everywhere he has been. But he hasn't found any traction in Buffalo. He already has benched Trent Edwards, the quarterback he coached to be the starter all summer. Star rookie C.J. Spiller has 9 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards and no touchdowns. The other two backs Gailey gushed about -- Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson -- have combined for 135 yards and one touchdown. Lee Evans, one of the NFL's highest-paid receivers, had zero receptions Sunday.
Darius Butler, Patriots cornerback: Bill Belichick yanked him from the game Sunday. Braylon Edwards' aforementioned big game came at Butler's expense. He also had a rough afternoon against the Bengals in Week 1, but that was glossed over by the Patriots' victory. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't Daryle Lamonica, but he does like to go deep more than Trent Edwards. If Butler is on Evans this week, the Bills certainly will test him.
Mark Sanchez, Jets quarterback: He rebounded from his least-productive game as a pro to have his best day. He posted a career-high 124.3 passer rating, threw three touchdown passes for the first time and completed 70 percent of his attempts.
Mike Nolan, Dolphins defensive coordinator: The Dolphins have scored only two offensive touchdowns, but they are 2-0 because Nolan's defense has been that good. Adrian Peterson gashed them for much of Sunday's game in the Metrodome, but the Dolphins came up with a great goal-line stand. Vikings quarterback Brett Favre committed four turnovers: two interceptions to Jason Allen, another to Vontae Davis and a fumble Koa Misi recovered for a big touchdown (see below).
Cameron Wake, Dolphins outside linebacker: One of Miami's biggest question marks was whether their young pass-rushers could replace the production of free-agent departures Joey Porter and Jason Taylor. Wake has done a nice job so far. He has 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in the end zone that was recovered for the decisive touchdown in Sunday's 14-10 victory over the Vikings.