ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., AUG. 13 -- Top draft pick Rodney Hampton scored on an 89-yard run as the New York Giants coasted to a 20-6 victory over the Buffalo Bills tonight in the preseason opener for both teams.
The run by Hampton, from Georgia, provided excitement in a mostly unspectacular game between teams missing a total of nine starters because of holdouts and injuries.
Quarterback Jeff Hostetler scored on a five-yard keeper for New York, and Giants rookie Matt Stover added field goals of 44 and 49 yards.
The Bills, playing without holdout running back Thurman Thomas and using Jim Kelly for only the first quarter, had only a 39-yard field goal by Scott Norwood and a 28-yard field goal by Kerry Brady.
Hampton's impressive scoring run came on his first carry of the game in the second quarter after a 10-yard holding penalty gave New York the ball on the 11.
The rookie, who finished with 117 yards on seven carries, took the ball on a delay and then hesitated at the line of scrimmage to allow his blockers to get set. A block by Bob Kratch sealed off the right side of the Bills defense, and Hampton headed right.
Buffalo linebacker Wes Pritchett closed, but Hampton stopped sharply, and Pritchett missed him. Hampton accelerated through a would-be tackle by John Hagy, broke toward the sideline and outran all pursuers to the end zone to put the Giants up, 7-3.