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Buffalo Bills' Scott Chandler Needs More Opportunities

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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills scores a touchdown during NFL game action against the Washington Redskins at Rogers Centre on October 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills scores a touchdown during NFL game action against the Washington Redskins at Rogers Centre on October 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Very quietly - and perhaps aided by the fact that his team has been blown out in two straight weeks, giving him more opportunities - Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler has become a more viable receiving threat since the bye week.

Chandler made a name for himself early in the season as a red zone threat. In the team's six games before the bye week, Chandler caught four touchdown passes - all of which came in the first three games. By the time the bye week rolled around, however, Chandler had become a non-factor, catching four passes for nine yards from Weeks 4-6.

In the three games since the bye week, however, Chandler has been much more effective - even though he's only caught seven passes. He's averaged 13.3 yards per reception in those games, a rather high average not just for a tight end, but for a player in Chan Gailey's offense. He's added two more touchdowns, as well - both against Washington.

With players like Donald Jones and C.J. Spiller struggling to make an impact, perhaps Chandler is player that the Bills can lean on while trying to get their offense jump-started for the stretch run.