Jets Struggle with Third-Down Conversions, Matching 30-Year Low

The Jets had a poor performance on third downs during their loss to the Bills on Sunday, going 0 for 11 in those situations. This is just one of their struggles on third downs this season, as they are currently 30 for 131 after ten games. Pro Football Reference data shows that the Jets’ conversion rate of 22.9% on third downs is the lowest for any team since 1991.

If the Jets want to avoid having the worst third down conversion rate in history by the end of the season, they will need to improve their performance significantly. The teams with the next lowest conversion rates over that span are the 2005 49ers and the 2002 Cowboys, both of which converted 24% of their third downs.

Despite Zach Wilson being the quarterback for most of those third down attempts, head coach Robert Saleh made a change during Sunday’s game by relieving him with Tim Boyle in the third quarter. Afterwards, Saleh said that they will make a decision about who will start against Miami in Black Friday game, which takes place at NFL’s inaugural Black Friday game.

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