With running back
The fourth-round draft pick and
Rookie receiver Corey Washington scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 73-yard pass up the right sideline from backup
Williams' performance was encouraging for the Giants after Wilson sustained his second neck injury in less than a year during training camp.
Getting additional playing time as the No. 2 back behind newly acquired starter
Though Manning lost a fumble while being sacked on the second series, Williams helped bail out the offense on the third possession. He had five carries for 37 yards, which he capped with a strong run up the middle to put the Giants ahead 7-3 in the final minute of the first quarter.
Williams led the nation with 2,177 yards rushing last season, the fifth highest total in
On Sunday, he showed great burst on a 21-yard gain off a sweep to the left to set up his score.
Manning finished 6 of 7 for 43 yards passing through three series, in unveiling a quick-tempo offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo.
"We didn't get off to a great start," Manning said, referring to his fumble. "The first game back, you're going to work out some of the kinks. … I thought there were some improvements. It was a good start."
For Buffalo, starting quarterback
Watkins, the Bills' first-round pick, was held without a catch after being targeted three times. Two passes from Manuel directed Watkins' way were tipped. Manuel also was late in finding Watkins flying up the left sideline, and overthrew him by a few yards.
It was a disappointing debut for Watkins, who had made numerous highlight-reel catches during the first two weeks of training camp.
Though Manuel said “he felt good,” running back
"We were OK. Not where we want to be," Jackson said.
Bills backup Jeff Tuel hit
The Bills are coming off a 6-10 season in which they extended their playoff drought to 14 seasons — the
The Giants (7-9) had a busy offseason attempting to restock a team that has missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons.
The NFL unveiled a few new wrinkles that will run through the first two weeks of the preseason.
The game also featured goal posts that extended 35 high rather than the previous 30 feet.