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3 Takeaways From the Giants vs. Bills Hall of Fame Game

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Andre Williams looks ready to contribute, Buffalo’s defense could be very good, and more.

3 Takeaways From the Giants vs. Bills Hall of Fame Game

The NFL season unofficially kicked off last night when the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills played in the annual Hall of Fame game. New York edged out Buffalo 17-13, and it was finally nice to see players on the field instead of hearing about practices and training camps. There isn't ever anything that can be totally gleaned from glorified preseason games like this (the starters barely played the entire first quarter), but there are certainly some takeaways for both teams after last night's action. Here are three quick thoughts on the game.

Andre Williams Is Ready

It seems like there was a reason Andre Williams was a Heisman Finalist last season and led all of college football in rushing as a senior at Boston College. Williams showed the kind of impact he is capable of making right away with the team after a strong performance against the Bills. Williams carried the ball seven times for 48 yards and scored on a 3-yard rush late in the first quarter. He had a 21-yard scamper up the left side to set up that score, showing a burst not many people thought he had. Williams looked strong after contact and seems like a player that is going to compete with new starter Rashad Jennings for increased playing time.

Buffalo's Defense Looks Solid

Aside from the scoring drive that was capped off by Williams, the Buffalo defense didn't look half-bad. They generated a decent pass rush on Eli Manning and the Giants' work-in-progress offensive line, even inducing a sack/fumble on New York's second offensive possession. The new linebackers all looked active, including former Giant Keith Rivers, and the secondary wasn't too bad either. There's plenty to be excited about on defense for the Bills, even without hulking DT Marcell Dareus.

Eli Manning's Accuracy

There's been a lot of talk about new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and his goal to improve Eli Manning's accuracy as a passer. In a very small sample size, Manning was quite efficient on Sunday night. In a few series, Manning finished with a 6-7 line for 43 yards, not other-worldly, but a step in the right direction. There was nothing too deep down the field, but we already saw running backs utilized more out of the back field, intermediary passes to the tight ends, and a lot of quick release patterns.

Yes, it's just a glorified exhibition game, but it's football. Both teams gave their fans some reasons to get excited about the upcoming season, and everyone should be counting down to kickoff a little more fervently.

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