The Jets faced a significant challenge on third downs during their loss to the Bills on Sunday, failing to convert any of their 11 attempts. This poor performance continues a historical struggle for the team this season, as they have only converted 30 out of 131 third downs in the first 10 games.
Pro Football Reference data from 1991 shows that the Jets’ conversion rate of just 22.9% on third downs is currently the lowest among any team over that timeframe. In order to avoid setting a new record for the worst conversion rate in history by the end of the season, the Jets will need to improve their performance significantly.
Despite Zach Wilson being the quarterback for most of those failed attempts, head coach Robert Saleh made a change during Sunday’s game. Tim Boyle relieved Wilson in the third quarter, and Saleh stated after the game that they will make a decision on Monday about who will start against the Dolphins in the NFL’s inaugural Black Friday game.