The Jets struggled on third downs during their loss to the Bills on Sunday, failing to convert any of their 11 attempts. This poor performance continues their historical struggles on third downs this season, as they are currently 30 for 131 after 10 games.
According to Pro Football Reference data dating back to 1991, the Jets’ conversion rate on third downs is the lowest of any team over that period, at just 22.9%. This means that in order to avoid having the worst third down conversion rate in history by the end of the season, the Jets will need to improve significantly and reach a conversion rate of at least 24%, like the 2005 49ers and 2002 Cowboys did.
Despite Zach Wilson being the quarterback for most of the third down tries, head coach Robert Saleh made a change during Sunday’s game. Tim Boyle relieved Wilson in the third quarter and after the game, Saleh stated that they will make a decision on Monday about who will start against the Dolphins in the NFL’s inaugural Black Friday game.