A very large number of casual NFL observers were shocked when the Buffalo Bills dominated the Kansas City Chiefs, 41-7, at Arrowhead Stadium yesterday. If we're choosing one Bills player that - even to the most optimistic of the most ardent followers of the Bills - was a microcosm of that shock, no one comes close to approaching tight end Scott Chandler.
The 6'7", 263-pound journeyman hauled in a team-leading five passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Chiefs. His first touchdown opened the scoring in the game, and his second effectively put the game out of reach, as it extended Buffalo's lead to 27-7 in the third quarter.
Nobody saw this coming. Not only was Chandler a complete unknown as a receiver - he had one career reception entering the game - but as Rodney McKissic of The Buffalo News points out, no Bills tight end had caught two touchdown passes in a road game since Pete Metzelaars did it in 1992.
Chandler simply took advantage of opportunity on Sunday - the opportunity to play, as well as the opportunity that circumstance (and the Chiefs' defense) afforded him by being a complete afterthought in Buffalo's passing attack. That's not likely to continue given his performance, so the next few weeks will better indicate the true extent of Chandler's role in Chan Gailey's offense. Until then, embrace the fact that we're talking about a productive Bills tight end. It's been a while.