It's Monday morning, so that means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Darrelle Revis took the honors, for his key interception and all-around stellar play in the victory over the Chargers. This week, the New York Giants returned to action, and sweated out a win over the Dolphins, while on the ice, all the local teams got a Charlie Brown-like rock in their trick-or-treat bags, with the New York Rangers going 1-1-1, the New Jersey Devils 1-2 and the New York Islanders 0-1-2. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Eli Manning: With not much of a running game happening, the Giants were forced to lean on Manning's arm, and the wily quarterback carved up the Miami defense like a Thanksgiving-day turkey, completing passes to eight different receivers. He pulled off yet another fourth-quarter comeback victory, and was spectacular all afternoon long. He threw a Tom Brady-like 45 times, completing 31 passes (68.9 percent), for 349 yards, tossed a pair of touchdown passes without a pick and finished with a 106.6 passer rating.â†µ
Victor Cruz: Who needs Steve Smith? Cruz is becoming a third-down demon much like Smith was in his time with Big Blue. He caught a total of seven passes for 99 yards, and was flung into the end zone by Will Allen for the winning touchdown, on a 25-yard play. Every week Cruz looks better and better.â†µ
Mario Manningham: The first touchdown just before halftime was the key to the turnaround, and Manningham ran a perfect route and hauled in Manning's perfect throw. For the afternoon, Manningham caught six passes, for a total of 63 yards.â†µ
Marian Gaborik: There's not much to choose from when it comes to the Rangers, after their mediocre week. No matter who's on his line, Gaborik has been the team's most consistent offensive force this season, which, with their meager production, isn't saying much. This week, Gaborik scored a goal and added three assists, which ties him with Brad Richards for the team lead in points with eight.â†µ
Evgeni Nabokov: Besides John Tavares, the Islanders' best players have been their goalies. Even though he wasn't involved in any wins, Nabokov had two above-average games this week, only allowing a pair of goals and making 26 saves in the loss to the Penguins on Tuesday, and again only letting in two, with 30 saves, in Thursday's shootout loss to Pittsburgh, though he couldn't quite go the distance as Rick DiPietro had to relieve him in the shootout.â†µ
Patrik Elias: The longtime Devil notched a goal and an assist in the team's only win of the week, against the Kings, and he added an assist in the 3-1 loss to the Stars. Elias leads New Jersey with eight points (four goals, four assists).