The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders no sooner started their game than a fight broke out.
When the dust cleared, Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib had been ejected for fighting along with Raiders offensive lineman Gabe Jackson, who got the hook for making contact with an official.
It was a surreal scene in Oakland, with Marshawn Lynch escorting Talib off the field because that’s what opponents have to do in the Raiders’ old stadium.
Both teams are smarting, with the Raiders losing three of their last five and the Broncos losing six in a row. And, hey, it’s a Raiders-Broncos game.
In more typical NFL action, Julio Jones put together a day for the record books.
The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver caught 21 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns (including one, a 51-yarder, from wide receiver Mohammed Sanu) in the 34-20 victory over Tampa Bay.
In Philadelphia, the Eagles made their case for being the best team in the NFL, crushing the Chicago Bears 31-3 and becoming the first team to 10 wins. The Bears failed to get a first down in the first half, becoming the first team to accomplish that dubious achievement since the Chiefs in Week 15 of the 2012 season against the Raiders.
Carson Wentz completed 23 of 36 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns and the Eagles’ celebration game was on point, too.
The Rams aren’t [bleeping] going 7-9. Los Angeles officially will finish at least .500 for the first time sine 2006 after defeating the New Orleans Saints at home, 26-20. Coach Sean McVay deserves a huge amount of the credit for the franchise’s turnaround after going 4-12 a year ago under Jeff Fisher and interim coach John Fassel. Jared Goff threw for 354 yards, two touchdowns and an interception Sunday to lead the Rams past Drew Brees and the Saints defense.
Say this for the Patriots-Dolphins game: It had a little something for everyone.
First, the Patriots managed to gain only two yards on their first three plays and lined up in punt formation. But these are the Patriots, so, from their 27, Nate Ebner took the snap and ran around right end for 14 yards. Four plays later, Rex Burkhead scored. Unfortunately for the Pats, Ebner hurt his knee on the fake and has been ruled out the rest of the game.
In the second half, the Dolphins defense got a little chippy with Bobby McCain, who earlier intercepted Tom Brady, was ejected for throwing a punch at Danny Amendola. And Ndamukong Suh grabbed Dion Lewis by the face mask on the next play, a transgression that was missed by officials.
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In the first of the three other matchups that featured teams at .500 fighting for what’s left of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs are now officially staggering a bit at 6-5 with three straight losses, falling to the 6-5 Bills.
On Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers put together a surprising effort in Pittsburgh, but ultimately fell to the Steelers, 31-28. The 5-6 Packers’ playoff hopes remain slim, even as quarterback Aaron Rodgers nears a potential return to the playing field after breaking his collarbone in Week 6. The Steelers, meanwhile, remaining comfortably atop the AFC standings at 9-2.
On Monday night, the 5-5 Ravens, they’re are hanging in there with defense, as is their wont, and they’ll see if that will take them past the 4-6 Texans.
In other news:
Revis Island redux: The Kansas City Chiefs surprised people by signing Darrelle Revis on Wednesday, but he isn’t expected to play until next weekend, when KC plays the Jets in New Jersey. (Read more.)
Dreaming of January: The Redskins’ Thanksgiving victory has them thinking about the playoff picture. (Read more.)
The grass is not greener: The Redskins say their threadbare field, an eyesore in the late Thanksgiving game, is a “nonissue,” but the players’ association will look into the chronic problem. (Read more.)
Who’s No. 1? In The Post’s rankings, it’s the Philadelphia Eagles. (Read more.)
The Cowboys’ owner gets a taste of his own medicine: Jerry Jones once told Robert Kraft and the Patriots to “take your medicine” on Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension. This is not how he feels about Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension. (Read more.)
‘Bye byes: The bye weeks are over.
Olsen out: The Panthers lost tight end Greg Olsen to a foot injury in the third quarter against the Jets. Olsen was playing for the first time since breaking his foot in Week 2.
Kizer cleared: DeShone Kizer was cleared to return to the Browns game against the Bengals after being evaluated for a concussion in the second quarter. He missed one possession
Benjamin out: The Bills downgraded wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to out Saturday. He’s dealing with a lingering knee injury.
Cutler out: The Dolphins will go with Matt Moore at quarterback against the Patriots, with Jay Cutler ruled out with a concussion.
Smith-Schuster out: After missing practice all week with a hamstring injury, Steelers rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will miss the night game against the Packers, giving Martavis Bryant a chance to get some snaps.
Saints’ pass defense hobbled: Starting cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and Ken Crawley (abdomen) will miss the game against the Rams.
Will he or won’t he? Although Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey doubted Friday that he could play because or a hand injury, but ESPN reported that he was likely to play, to the dismay of Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald.
Key players who were out for the 1 p.m. games:
Rishard Matthews (hamstring)
Danny Trevathan (calf)
Matt Slater (hamstring)
Martellus Bennett (shoulder)
Chris Hogan (shoulder)
Fantasy football advice
Week 12 Cheat Sheet: Take a look at Greg Olsen and Marshawn Lynch. (Read more.)
Best/worst matchups: Two words: Paxton Lynch. (Read more)
Five moves you must make for Week 12: Some critical decisions are looming. (Read more)
Week 12 Start/Sit: Put your faith in Kareem Hunt again. (Read more)
The Fantasy Football Beat: Post-bye week strategies to maximize your roster. (Listen)
The top trends and insights from Las Vegas. (Read more.)