It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Plaxico Burress was the winner, thanks to his touchdown and clutch fourth-quarter receptions. This week, the New York Giants played twice, getting shellacked in New Orleans and just falling short to the Packers, the New York Jets won their second in a row, the New York Rangers kept on winning, with three more victories, the New York Islanders had a great week, going 2-0-1 on the road but the New Jersey Devils were winless in their three games. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Shonn Greene: It was almost like the old ground-and-pound days for the Jets, as Greene rushed for 88 yards, his second most this season, and the team went over 100 yards total on the ground. Along with piling up some yardage, Greene scored three touchdowns in the win over the Redskins on Sunday, on one-, nine- and 25-yard runs, the last two putting the game out of reach, so no nail-biting last defensive stand would be needed. He averaged four yards per carry and also caught three passes for 26 yards.
Mark Sanchez: The most important number for Sanchez in the win over Washington was zero -- as in zero interceptions and zero turnovers (and zero sacks, to give his offensive line a little credit). The Jet QB led a fourth-quarter come-from-behind drive for the second consecutive week, and hit Santonio Holmes for the go-ahead touchdown for the second time in a row, as well. For the game, Sanchez was 19-for-32 (59.4 percent), threw for 165 yards and one TD, and finished with a passer rating of 83.5. If he's going to take the brunt of the blame when the Jets lose, let's give him a little credit when they win.â†µ
Victor Cruz: The Giants' most productive receiver was one of the few players whose performance wasn't emabarrassing in Monday's loss to the Saints, when he caught nine passes for 157 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns, including a 72-yarder. Cruz had another monster game on Sunday, hauling in seven catches for 119 yards. His totals for the week: 16 receptions, 276 yards and two scores. For the season: 62 receptions with 1,076 yards. He makes big plays, clutch plays and spectacular plays. What's not to like? (Honorable mention goes to Eli Manning, but with two losses in one week, it's hard to nominate more than one player from the Giants.)â†µ
Matt Moulson: The Islander left winger is on a Mike Bossy-like scoring binge. In the three games this week, he led his team to two wins and a shootout loss by scoring six goals and adding an assist. In Saturday's win over the Stars he netted four goals, and just missed on a few more chances, including a missed breakaway attempt. Moulson came up one short of the franchise record, which was set by Bryan Trottier in 1978 when he scored five goals in a game, and later tied by John Tonelli in 1981, and Trottier did it agin in '82. Moulson has a four-game goal-scoring streak going.â†µ
Brad Richards: The Rangers' new center is proving to be nothing like all those high-priced free-agent busts of years past. Splitting up Richards and Marian Gaborik has worked out just fine for everybody, and even moving him off the point on the power play and playing down low has transformed the Rangers' special teams. In the three wins this week, Richards scored two goals and had four assists. He leads the team with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists), and is just off a point-a-game pace.â†µ