The Jets’ third down performance during Sunday’s loss to the Bills was historically poor, as they failed to convert on all 11 attempts. This has brought their total conversion rate for the season to a paltry 22.9%, a record low since Pro Football Reference began collecting data in 1991. The next lowest conversion rates were achieved by the 2005 49ers and 2002 Cowboys, who both converted 24% of their third downs. To avoid finishing the season at the bottom of the rankings, the Jets will need to improve their performance significantly.
Despite this, quarterback Zach Wilson has been largely responsible for these failed attempts. However, during Sunday’s game, Tim Boyle took over for Wilson in the third quarter, and head coach Robert Saleh stated that a decision on who will start against the Dolphins on Black Friday should be made on Monday. This change in quarterback may indicate that the Jets are looking to shake things up and find a way to improve their third down performance.
In order to avoid being at the bottom of the pile, it is imperative that the Jets make some significant changes to their approach. They will need to focus on improving their conversion rates and finding ways to succeed on third downs if they hope to turn things around and have a successful season.