Ryan Fitzpatrick showed Sunday why the Buffalo Bills felt he was worth US$59 million.

Fitzpatrick threw two TD strikes to Scott Chandler as Buffalo beat the Washington Redskins 23-0 for its first regular-season win of the Bills Toronto Series.

The resurgent Bills (5-2) improved to 3-3 in Toronto but are just 1-3 in regular-season contests.

Buffalo hasn’t made the NFL playoffs since 1999 but last week signed Fitzpatrick to a $59-million, six-year contract extension. The deal includes $24 million guaranteed and makes Fitzpatrick the highest-paid player in club history.

Not bad for a Harvard grad and ’05 seventh-round pick who spent his first four NFL seasons with St. Louis and Cincinnati before landing in Buffalo in 2009. Fitzpatrick, 28, has flourished with the Bills, going 9-5 in his last 14 games.

Sunday’s contest was the sixth of eight Buffalo will play here through next season as part of the series.

Spectators cheered loudly when Buffalo ran on to the field to start the contest, then booed Washington when it arrived.

Buffalo certainly gave fans plenty to cheer about as the offence moved smartly under Fitzpatrick, who overcame a lost fumble and interception in the end zone. The defence continually harassed Washington starter John Beck and defensive end Spencer Johnson blocked a field-goal try.

Chandler has six TD catches, tying him for the most in a season by a tight end in club history. Fred Jackson posted his fifth 100-yard rushing effort while Rian Lindell had a convert and three field goals.

Washington (3-4) suffered its third straight loss. It had the lone Canadian in the contest, safety O.J. Atogwe of Windsor, Ont.