It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Eli Manning was the runaway winner, due to his now-routine fourth-quarter heroics in the victory over the Dolphins. This week, the New York Jets romped over the Bills, the New York Giants won a thriller in Foxboro, while on the ice, the New York Rangers went 4-0, the New Jersey Devils 2-1 and the New York Islanders 1-1. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Sione Pouha: We could just nominate the whole defense as well as their offense. There really was no outstanding individual performance on Sunday, just everyone on the roster doing their job. But we have to pick someone, so we'll go with Pouha, who can be a symbolic representation of the entire team this week. The D was absolutely dominant all afternoon, and Pouha was right in the middle of it all, with seven tackles and a key forced fumble.
Jake Ballard: The Giants' unsung tight end was the hero of the day, with a crucial (and spectacular) 30-yard grab on the final drive of the game, and then he capped it off with the winning touchdown catch with 15 seconds left in the game. For the day, he hauled in four passes for 67 yards, but it was the last two that counted the most. Kevin Boss who?â†µ
Eli Manning: It was déjà vu all over again for the Giants' quarterback, with two fourth-quarter touchdown drives and the game-winner in the waning seconds of the game, beating the unbeatable (at home at least) Patriots once again. He wasn't great (20-for-39, 250 yards, two TD, one INT), but he was great when his team needed him the most.â†µ
Michael Boley: He was all over the field on Sunday, and twice gave the ball to the offense. Early in the game, Boley deflected a pass that fell right into the waiting arms of Mathias Kiwanuka, and in the second half the linebacker knocked the ball out of Tom Brady's hand, which led to the Giants' first touchdown. Boley's final numbers: nine tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.â†µ
Adam Henrique: What a week for the 21-year-old rookie, who's making the most of his opportunity and helping to fill the gaping hole in the middle for the Devils. In Thursday's shootout win over the Flyers, Henrique netted his first NHL goal and assisted on another, and he was the star of the game in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Winnipeg, when he won the game in overtime with his second goal of the night. He also added an assist in Wednesday's loss, giving him three goals and two assists for the week and was a plus-2.â†µ
Derek Stepan: The Rangers have a 21-year-old of their own who also had a pretty good week. Stepan is playing with the poise of a savvy veteran when he has control of the puck, and he's been showing off his playmaking abilities on the recent home stand with a handful of threading-the-needle, perfectly timed passes. On top of all that, he's seamlessly clicked with Marian Gaborik. For the week, Stepan scored two goals, had three assists and was a plus-4 in the four victories.â†µ