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First-quarter analysis: Starting defensive line off to a big start

CANTON, Ohio -- The strength of the Buffalo Bills is found along the defensive line.

That was on display in the first quarter of the NFL's preseason opener tonight between the Bills and New York Giants in the Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium.

Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams registered a sack and subsequently forced a fumble by Giants quarterback Eli Manning. The ball was recovered by linebacker Keith Rivers, giving the Bills possession at the New York 22-yard line.

Williams and the Bills' starting defense played two series before checking out.

Kickers off to good start: Both the Bills' kickers did their jobs in the first quarter. Dan Carpenter knocked through a 30-yard field goal to give Buffalo a 3-0 lead, and kickoff specialist Dustin Hopkins put both of his attempts through the end zone for touchbacks. Even punter Brian Moorman got into the act, with a 41-yard punt that was not returned.

Moved back: The NFL is experimenting in the first two weeks of the preseason with having extra points moved back to the 15-yard line. That was no problem for the Giants' Josh Brown, who converted after Andre Williams' 3-yard touchdown run to give the Giants a 7-3 lead.

Hogan in before Woods: There was an interesting development at wide receiver for the Bills in the first quarter. Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams got the start, with the third receiver coming into the game being Chris Hogan, and not Robert Woods. Woods checked into the game late in the first quarter and had a pair of catches before the quarter expired.


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