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Giants 17, Bills 13: Buffalo falls short in 2014 preseason debut

Buffalo's first-team defense put together two solid drives in the Hall of Fame Game, but the same can't be said for the team's young offense. The Bills lost to the Giants, 17-13, in the first NFL game of the new season.

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New York Giants wide receiver Corey Washington hauled in a 73-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Nassib midway through the fourth quarter for the decisive score in a 17-13 win over the Buffalo Bills in Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game.

It was a mixed bag of positives and negatives for the Bills in their 2014 season debut. The first-team defense, missing both of its starting cornerbacks, nonetheless allowed just 11 yards on their two possessions, and Keith Rivers recovered an Eli Manning fumble forced by Kyle Williams on the second possession of the game to set up a Dan Carpenter field goal for a 3-0 Bills lead.

Offensively, however, things were a bit shakier. EJ Manuel completed just 2-of-7 passes for 19 yards in slightly less than a quarter's worth of play, with two of those incompletions being tipped passes at the line, and a third a near-interception by Giants linebacker Jacquian Williams. The first-team offense accumulated just 27 yards on the evening.

Jeff Tuel entered the game in the second quarter ahead of Thad Lewis, and clearly separated himself in the backup quarterback competition with a solid showing. While Lewis struggled (10-of-16, 87 yards, an interception), Tuel engineered a couple of nice drives, including a 15-play, 80-yard effort capped off by a two-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods on fourth down. Tuel finished the evening 12-of-17 for 74 yards with the score and one interception - a tipped pass off the arms of T.J. Graham - while chipping in 13 rushing yards on a read-option run.

The Bills are now 0-1 on the preseason, and they have four more exhibition games to go, starting with a tilt this coming Friday at the Carolina Panthers. We'll have more on this game tomorrow morning, but for now, what stuck out to you most about the first Bills game of the new season?