5 Takeaways from the Hall of Fame Game

The New York Giants got a great start to their season on Sunday night. Big Blue defeated the Buffalo Bills 17-13 in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame game, to win its first preseason game. Here are five important things the Giants and Big Blue fans learned from Sunday night Hall of Fame Game.

1. Giants resurgent ground game

The Giants running attack is going to be better this season. Rookie Andre Williams had a great night carrying the football, running for 48 yards on seven carries, which included a touchdown. In addition, both starters Rashad Jennings and Peyton Hillis had some good runs throughout the game as well. Even without David Wilson, who has now retired from the game of football because of his recent serious neck injuries,the Giants have a stable of running backs to get the job done.

2. Secondary is as good as advertised

In the Hall of Fame game, the Giants' secondary showed how good they can be. Throughout the game, the back-end of the defense was making plays and limiting the passing of the Buffalo Bills. With the NFL now being a pass first league, a strength in the secondary for the Giants will be huge for them to be successful this season.

3. Manning's turnovers continue

Eli Manning needs to stop turning the ball over. Last season, the quarterback lead the league with the most interceptions thrown by a quarterback. On Sunday night, Manning did not throw an interception, but he did turn the ball over on a fumble. Turnovers were a big Achilles heel for the Giants last season. The Giants had the 29th worst takeaway to giveaway ratios in the NFL and if that trend continues in 2014, the Giants will not make the playoffs again.

4. Depth at Wide Receiver

We already knew the Giants had a good receiving corp with Victor Cruz, Ruben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, and Mario Manningham, but they got a lot of other wide receivers with talent as well. Receivers Marcus Harris and Corey Washington proved in the Hall of Fame game that they can make plays at the wide receiver position. Harris had four catches for 50 yards, showing he can make plays after the catch. Washington also showed he has big play ability by catching a 73 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Nassib, that ultimately won the Giants the game. With those six wide receivers and not to mention first round pick Odell Beckham Jr, the Giants are very deep at the wide receiver position.

5. Backup QB battle decided

Ryan Nassib will be the Giants backup quarterback this season. On Sunday night, the Giants saw what they wanted to see since the 2013 draft. Nassib played outstanding in the game against the Bills completing seven of his 12 passes for 139 yards. This included his 73 yard touchdown bomb to Cory Washington that helped win the game for the Giants. Nassib showed poise and was very much improved from last season. With his performance, Nassib is that much closer for securing the backup quarterback job against Curtis Painter,. Which, lets be honest, the Giants want to have happen.

Those are the five things the Giants and Big Blue fans can take from game one of the preseason. The Giants will play their second of five preseason games this Saturday, when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium.


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