The opening game of the 2014 NFL preseason began last night with the New York Giants beating the Buffalo Bills 17-13.  Both teams showed some rust, to be expected in the first game for both teams.  The starters for both teams only played a few series, but each showed some things to come in the upcoming season.  Here are some takeaways from both teams:

Giants

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1. Offensive line definitely looked shaky at best, with a new group of starters up front for New York chemistry was lacking.  Luckily for Giants fans, it is only the first game and something that can be worked out through repetitions and practice.

2. New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is bringing an up tempo style to the Giants offense, similar to what he ran in Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers quarterback coach.  This should help Eli Manning get comfortable in the offense, with short quick throws, and going into a no-huddle attack.  Instead of calling in specific plays to Manning, McAdoo is sending in what are called “families”, which is a set of runs and passes that Eli Manning can choose between, once he sees the defensive alignment.

3.  Andre Williams looked comfortable in his first professional game action, rushing for 48 yards and a touchdown.  The Giants rushing stats are a little inflated however, a lot of Rashad Jennings and Williams stats came when the Bills second unit was in against New York’s first team.  With news coming today that running back David Wilson will be shut down again due to neck injuries, it is even more important that Jennings and Williams become familiar with the offense.

Bills

Manuel did not look comfortable in his first game action of 2014.
Manuel did not look comfortable in his first game action of 2014.

1. Just like the Giants, the Bills offensive line looked bad at times, not engaging the defensive line of the Giants long enough for EJ Manuel to complete passes.  Manuel had a number of passes deflected at the line of scrimmage.  One bright spot for the Bills line is rookie seventh round draft pick Seantrell Henderson.  Henderson looked dominating at times in both the pass and run game, making the Bills front office looking like geniuses for grabbing Henderson late in the draft.

2. Henderson looked fantastic, and then we saw second round pick Cyrus Kouandjio attempt to play football.  Kouandjio looked terrible in pass protection, standing upright and being beaten consistently by the Giants second unit pass rushers.  I would not expect to see Cyrus on the field much for the Bills in 2014, unless he improves.  He was becoming a liability when the Bills went back to pass.

3. One surprising part that I noticed was the Bills starting wide outs, Mike Williams got the start opposite rookie first rounder Sammy Watkins.  Many expected to see second year pro Robert Woods in the starting lineup with Watkins.  EJ Manuel even questioned the fact that Woods was absent from the starting lineup after the game.  In the games to come this will be something to keep an eye on, to see which wide out can grab that starting spot.  Woods played well catching the lone touchdown for the Bills.  Head coach Doug Marrone may prefer to start veteran and Syracuse alum Williams in that spot however.

Dan SchalkFootballNews and UpdatesThe opening game of the 2014 NFL preseason began last night with the New York Giants beating the Buffalo Bills 17-13.  Both teams showed some rust, to be expected in the first game for both teams.  The starters for both teams only played a few series, but each showed...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?