During Sunday’s loss to the Bills, the Jets struggled on third down once again, going 0 for 11 in those situations. This poor performance adds to their historic struggles this season, as they are just 30 for 131 on third downs through the first 10 games. Pro Football Hall of Fame data shows that their conversion rate on third downs is currently at 22.9%, which is the lowest of any team dating back to 1991.
The Jets will need to improve their third down conversion rate if they want to avoid having the worst one in history by the end of the season. Both the 2005 49ers and 2002 Cowboys converted a higher percentage of their third downs (24%) than what the Jets have achieved so far.
In an effort to improve their chances of success, head coach Robert Saleh made a change during Sunday’s game by replacing Zach Wilson with Tim Boyle in the third quarter. However, it remains unclear who will start against the Dolphins in the NFL’s inaugural Black Friday game, and Saleh said after the game that he would make a decision about it on Monday.