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. Crabtree played jewelry-less on Sunday.
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch escorted Talib into the locker room. Oakland offensive lineman Gabe Jackson also was ejected.
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.