NFL Hall of fame weekend has come to a close. After the Hall of Fame inductions on Saturday night, Sunday, Aug 3, 2014, there was NFL football played for the first time since the Seattle Seahawks historic 43-8 beatdown of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. The first preseason game of the upcoming season featured two teams with question marks, as the New York Giants took on the Buffalo Bills in the annual Hall of Fame game. As with most preseason games, the starters saw limited time. The Giants did win the game 17-13. Giants QB Eli Manning is adjusting to a new West coast style offense, and Bills QB E.J. Manuel is trying to avoid a sophomore jinx.
For the most part, Manning looked comfortable, save a sack/lost fumble in the first quarter. Manuel looked physically okay, but did not have a great game, only completing 2 passes in limited action before giving way to Jeff Tuel. The biggest changes were to the game itself. The extra-point has been moved back from the 2-yard line, to the 15-yard line. There were no extra points missed, as any NFL-caliber kicker can make a 32-yard FG with relative ease (even if his name is 'Dan Carpenter'). Also, the sideline coaches began using tablets instead of the traditional pages of photos to review plays. All in all, nothing really earth-shattering, and fortunately there was only one injury, as NY Giants TE David Fells suffered a sprained knee. The severity of the sprain is not yet known.
Preseason football is never terribly exciting, but the best part is that it means 'real' football is only about a month away.
This week's preseason NFL game schedule:
Thurs AUG 7 - IND @ NY Jets 4:00 pm PT, NE @ WAS 4:30 pm PT, SF @ BAL 4:30 pm PT, CIN @ KC 5:00 pm PT, SEA @ DEN 6:00 pm PT, DAL @ SD 7:00 pm PT
Fri AUG 8 - MIA @ ATL 4:00 pm PT, BUF @ CAR 4:30 pm PT, TB @ JAX 4:30 pm PT, PHI @ CHI 5:00 pm PT, NO @ StL 5:00 pm PT, OAK @ MIN 5:00 pm PT
Sat AUG 9 - CLE @ DET 4:30 pm PT, PIT @ NYG 4:30 pm PT, GB @ TN 5:00 pm PT, HOU @ AZ 5:30 pm PT
*NFL training camp injury update - SF 49ers DL Glenn Dorsey - Torn bicep (out for season)