Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants - 8/3/14
New York Giants (2013 record 7-9) at Buffalo Bills (2013 record 6-10)
NFL Football: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Fawcett Stadium)
The Line: Buffalo Bills -1 -- Over/Under: 32.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBC HD
It’s here! It’s finally here! NFL Football is finally back! Well, preseason anyway, but for all of us who have been watching NFL network, following the blogs of our favorite teams and arguing draft grades all spring/summer long, the NFL season is back!
This year’s Hall of Fame game is a matchup between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills. Both the Giants underperformed last season by some expectations, but this season there is some buzz surrounding each team.
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The Hall of Fame game is played at a neutral site, in Canton, Ohio, but the Giants get the nod as the home team here. New York is coming off of an embarrassing season last year, and Eli and company will be trying to do some damage control on his, and the team’s reputation. The Giants brought in new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo from the Packers. The reports are that Eli is loving the new system under McAdoo, but time will tell if this is the move that makes the Giants relevant again. If anybody other then Coughlin was the coach of the Giants, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the starters on the field a bit longer here, with the new offensive system and all, but Coughlin is an old school guy and I don’t see Manning and his buddies playing any longer than needed. Behind Manning there is some experience with Painter, but not a whole lot of talent there. Ryan Nassib has some ability, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nassib play a large portion of the second half under center. The running game was a huge issue for the Giants last season, and I expect New York to try and come out with a run first approach here, trying to get Jennings some touches, and David Wilson back on track.
The Buffalo Bills head into the 2014 season with E.J. Manuel under center for his second year, and a shiny new target for Manuel in first round draft pick Sammy Watkins. The Bills had a strong offense last season, boasting the second ranked rising attack in the league, putting up an average of 144 yards per game. I look for the Bills to try and work on the Manuel/Watkins chemistry this preseason, but I don’t necessarily think it will be here. Like the Giants, the Bills are likely to just try and get through the preseason healthy, and with their loaded backfield, look for the Bills to lean on their talent there. Spiller and Jackson likely won’t see many touches for the Bills, but expect newcomers Bryce Brown from the Eagles, and Dixon from the Niners to see plenty of time. There is also the possible emotional list here of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly completing the coin toss before the game.
Preseason games are always tough to call, but I think there is some advantage here with the Bills. Buffalo has the deeper team as of right now, and while it’s tough to predict how that will play out in the preseason, I’ll take the Bills here in what is basically a pick ’em game.