- Associated Press - Monday, August 4, 2014

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Eli Manning is starting to get the hang of the New York Giants newly installed up-tempo offense.

It helped that the 11th-year quarterback got a chance to go in for a third series in the Giants’ 17-13 win over the Buffalo Bills in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night.

After Manning ended the Giants’ second series by losing a fumble on a sack, he bounced back by methodically engineering a 12-play, 80-yard drive capped by rookie Andre Williams’ 3-yard touchdown run.

“Yeah, it was big for our offense to get something going, get a few first downs, get in a good rhythm,” Manning said. “I’m glad we had that one last opportunity.”

Manning went 6 of 7 for 43 yards passing, with his longest completion for 10 yards. He was complemented by a 1-2 punch of a running game made up of Williams and free-agent addition Rashad Jennings, who took much of the pressure off the passing attack.

The focus on a ground game is part of the new wrinkles being introduced by new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.

“I thought there were some improvements. It was a good start,” Manning said.

Rookie receiver Corey Washington scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 73-yard pass up the right sideline from backup Ryan Nassib with 13:18 remaining.

Bills backup Jeff Tuel hit Robert Woods for a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal to put Buffalo ahead 10-7 early in the second quarter.

Here are five things that stood out in front of an announced crowd of 22,052 at Fawcett Stadium:

GIANTS ON THE RUN: With running back David Wilson sidelined after sustaining his second neck injury in less than a year, Williams stepped in and capably filled the No. 2 spot behind newly acquired starter Rashad Jennings.

The fourth-round draft pick out of Boston College had seven carries for 48 yards and a TD.

“It gives me confidence. I feel like I’m supposed to be here,” said Williams, a Heisman Trophy candidate who led the nation with 2,177 yards rushing last season. “I’m part of the team now.”

“I though he played well, and that was encouraging,” coach Tom Coughlin said.

EJ’S INCONSISTENCIES: Bills starting quarterback EJ Manuel had several lapses during two series.

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