OAKLAND — It should be no wonder Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree tried to get ejected from a game against Aqib Talib and the Broncos on Sunday.

You should see Crabtree's numbers against Talib.

On the third possession of the game, Crabtree and Talib got into more than a scuffle near the Broncos sideline at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Both men were ejected, a development that hurts the Broncos more than the Raiders. Talib is a centerpiece of Denver's defense. Crabtree historically has been quiet against the Broncos.

Theirs is a fight that's been brewing for years. Talib famously yanked the chain off Crabtree's neck in a game last year. 

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch escorted Talib into the locker room. Oakland offensive lineman Gabe Jackson also was ejected for making contact with an official and knocking him to the ground.

Expect multiple fines — and perhaps suspensions — after the Broncos and Raiders fought Sunday. But it's not a surprise Talib and Crabtree were at the center of the skirmish. Crabtree had played five games against Talib's Broncos. His average stats: 3.8 catches, 34.8 receiving yards, zero touchdowns. 

The game was scoreless when the players were ejected.

—Paul Klee

(Contact Gazette sports columnist Paul Klee at paul.klee@gazette.com or on Twitter at @bypaulklee.)

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