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What does Jermaine Kearse have up his sleeve for Patriots as a Jet?

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What does Jermaine Kearse have up his sleeve for Patriots as a Jet?

It’s hard to think of a player who’d have more of an excuse for underachieving than Jermaine Kearse. The former Seahawks wideout was shipped to the Jets on Sept. 1, plunked down in an offense he didn’t know and hooked up with a quarterback he’d never met.
 
But the near-villain (for New Englanders) of Super Bowl 49 has settled in much better than anticipated for the surprisingly successful Jets (3-2).

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 He’s got 22 catches on 28 targets for 220 yards and three touchdowns. The Jets are getting by on grit, moxie, want-to, elbow-grease and good, old-fashioned American work ethic and it ain’t gonna last. But Kearse and quarterback Josh McCown will always have September.
 
“The transition was really fast,” Kearse said of the period after he came to the Jets in exchange for DT Sheldon Richardson. The Jets also got a second-rounder along with Kearse.
 
“I don’t even think there was a transition, because when I found out I got traded, I left that night and got in and the next morning I went straight into the facility to start learning the playbook because they told me I was going to play the first game, so I had to prepare myself for that,” he added. “It gets better each day. I felt like I had a solid grasp on the playbook, now it’s getting down to the details – running certain routes certain way or certain splits – just fine-tuning my craft and continuing to get better.”
 
Kearse has become a huge fan of McCown’s. No surprise since he’s the Jets leading receiver and on pace to far exceed his most productive season in the NFL, 2015, when he had 49 catches for Seattle.  
 
“[McCown’s] ability to lead – the confidence that he brings into the huddle, his excitement and his knowledge. He’s played in the league for 15 years now and there’s a reason why he’s still playing,” said Kearse. “He has that “it factor” in the huddle that allows guys to rally up and make things happen when we need to and I think you saw that last week when we had a 97-yard drive.”
 
Kearse first burrowed into the consciousness of Patriots fans in Super Bowl 49 when he pulled in a 33-yard pass from Russell Wilson with 1:14 remaining. The ball ponged off five different limbs and body parts before settling in Kearse’s stomach and putting Seattle on the brink of a Super Bowl win that they famously failed to secure.
 
Does Kearse think about the catch?
 
“I guess the only time I would reflect back on that game is if somebody asked me about it,” he said. “As far as the catch, it’s just my competitive nature, just the ability to be opportunistic and make the most of each opportunity that I had and in that play, Russell [Wilson] gave me the opportunity and I did whatever I could in my will to come down with the ball and I was able to.”
 
Does he now appreciate how great that game was and how historic his catch remains?
 
“This league is a “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately-type-league” when it’s all set and done and I’m done playing,” he said, “I think that’s when I can sit down and look back on those types of plays and the plays I’ve made in certain games and reminisce on that, but as I’m still playing, I understand it’s a “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately-league,” so you’re always trying to not stay second place and do more.”
 
Kearse said he’s trying to infuse the Jets with a little bit of the Seahawks fight.
 
“Obviously, you have a high-energy coach with Pete Carroll who is running all over the place and then you have Coach [Todd] Bowles who is not running over the place, but they get their message across in different ways,” Kearse said when asked about the differences between Seattle and New York. “I really enjoyed playing for Pete Carroll. I enjoy playing for Coach Bowles now. We have a very young team. We have guys who are playing with a lot of chips on their shoulders who are being competitive. I’m trying to bring the same mindset I had in Seattle and bring it over here and be able to relay any message that I think can help our team in the long run.”
 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks use 2nd-half surge to rout Colts, 46-18

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks use 2nd-half surge to rout Colts, 46-18

SEATTLE - It took a trio of relative unknowns to wake up the Seattle Seahawks.

J.D. McKissic took the second carry of his career 30 yards for a touchdown and Bobby Wagner scooped up Marcus Smith's forced fumble and rumbled 21 yards for a score in a 13-second span late in the third quarter, and the Seahawks beat the Indianapolis Colts 46-18 on Sunday night.

Justin Coleman added a 28-yard interception return for a TD in the first half and Seattle overcame a sleepy first 30 minutes from its offense to finally put away the Colts.

"It was a terrific night. It just took us a while again. ... We finally got going," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

McKissic was once cut by Atlanta, but his athleticism earned him a spot in Seattle. Coleman was deemed expendable by New England and was acquired in a trade just before the start of the regular season. And Smith, who finished with 1 1/2 sacks, was a former first-round pick who was a bust with Philadelphia.

Their big plays turned boos that cascaded down at halftime with Seattle trailing 15-10 into cheers in a hurry. CenturyLink Field was left shaking after Wagner scooped up Smith's forced fumble against quarterback Jacoby Brissett and weaved through tacklers for Seattle's second defensive score and a 32-18 lead.

Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and two interceptions, but his most important play was a 23-yard run in the third quarter to give Seattle an 18-15 lead. Adam Vinatieri pulled the Colts even at 18 as the Colts capitalized on Wilson's second interception. Graham dropped a catchable pass and it was intercepted by Malik Hooker , his third straight game with an interception.

But Seattle answered with a 75-yard drive that was capped by McKissic's touchdown sprint. Wilson added TD passes of 6 yards to Luke Willson and 27 yards to McKissic in the fourth quarter and the Seahawks outscored Indianapolis 36-3 in the second half.

"It's the same thing that always happens. Slow start out of the gate and for whatever reason we pick it up the third and fourth quarter," Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said.

Seattle's win came appeared to come with a big blow in the final minutes when starting running back Chris Carson sustained a left leg injury. Trainers immediately placed an air cast on Carson's leg and he was carted off the field. Carroll said Carson's injury was significant.

Brissett threw an 18-yard strike to Donte Moncrief late in the first half to give the Colts the lead. Brissett was 16 of 29 for 157 yards and was sacked three times. The biggest play turned out to be Smith's sack, knocking the ball from Brissett's hands just before his arm moved forward as Seattle suddenly took a 14-point lead.

"They just outplayed us big time in the second half. We didn't do a good job of adjusting. That's on me," Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said. "We're a lot better than that, but it's going to be the same old song and dance if we don't get things cleaned up."

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INTERCONFERENCE: Titans score 21 straight points in 3rd, beat Seahawks, 33-27

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INTERCONFERENCE: Titans score 21 straight points in 3rd, beat Seahawks, 33-27

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Marcus Mariota threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tennessee Titans scored 21 straight points in rallying to beat the Seattle Seahawks 33-27 Sunday.

Pro Bowl running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 115 yards, including a 75-yard TD run . Ryan Succop also kicked four field goals as Tennessee (2-1) scored at least 30 points for a second straight week.

The Seahawks (1-2) finally scored a bunch of touchdowns with Russell Wilson throwing for 373 yards and four TDs. His second TD, a 10-yarder to Chris Carson , put Seattle up 14-9 in the third quarter.

Then the Titans took control with Mariota answering with TDs on the next two drives for Tennessee.

Mariota tossed a screen to Rishard Matthews, who ran 55 yards to the end zone for a 16-14 lead midway through the third. Matthews and tight end Jonnu Smith celebrated taking pretend selfies in the end zone.

On the next possession, Mariota found a wide-open Jonnu Smith for a 24-yard TD and a 23-14 lead.

Murray's TD gave Tennessee a 30-14 lead late in the quarter, and Tennessee finished with 195 yards rushing.

Wilson pulled Seattle within 33-27 with his fourth TD, an 8-yarder to Paul Richardson with 1:50 left. But Titans tight end Delanie Walker recovered Seattle's onside kick.

The Seahawks had one last chance with the Titans lined up to punt on fourth-and-3 with 11 seconds left. Then officials flagged the Seahawks for 12 men in the formation, giving Tennessee the clinching first down.

Both teams chose not to take the field for the national anthem on a day of protests around the NFL. Meghan Linsey, a runner-up in "The Voice," took a knee when she finished singing.

Then Wilson locked arms with center Justin Britt, followed by his teammates as the Seahawks walked onto the field. In the other corner, Mariota locked arms with Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker and linebacker Wesley Woodyard, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and linebacker Brian Orakpo as the Titans walked out.