Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree decided not to watch his team play against the Denver Broncos from the locker room.
Crabtree was ejected early in the first quarter after getting into a fight, not a shoving match but an actual fight, with Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib. The fight started as a result of Talib snatching Crabtree’s chain for the second time in two years.
Instead of watching the game from the locker room, Crabtree decided to watch it from the luxury box. The CBS commentators were discussing the fight, and the camera panned to the luxury box twice showing Crabtree there.
wow that stat pic.twitter.com/C6lZQIwgN5
— Harry Lyles Jr. (@harrylylesjr) November 26, 2017
While Crabtree pretty much had to respond to blatant show of disrespect by Talib, it may cost the Raiders in the long run. Later in the first half wide receiver Amari Cooper took a shot to the head, and is out for the rest of the game.
Earlier in the afternoon on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs were defeated by the Buffalo Bills. That is their fifth loss in their last six games.
The AFC West appeared out of reach for the Raiders, even though they defeated the Chiefs in a memorable Thursday Night matchup in Week 7.
The Raiders are 4-6 on the season, and that usually is not a record through a 11 weeks that screams contender for a division championship. However, they and the Los Angeles Chargers are very much alive in the race for the AFC West.
Fortunately for the Raiders, the Broncos offense remains stuck in neutral. They started second-year quarterback Paxton Lynch for the first time this season, and have managed 54 yards of total offense more than halfway through the third quarter.
The Raiders lead the Broncos 21-0.