When it comes to the Patriots’ offense extending drives by turning a third-down play into a first down, the success rate this season has been surprisingly poor. Historically poor. Jacksonville Jaguars poor, which borders on embarrassingly poor.
How bad? The Patriots are 37 for 115 on third-down conversions, which is 32.2 percent. The only team in the AFC with a lower success rate is Jacksonville, at 29.5 percent. Among the 32 teams in the NFL, the Patriots rank 29th.
“It hasn’t been a strength for us, especially in the games we’ve lost,” quarterback Tom Brady said Wednesday. “We’re working at it, I’ll say that. It’s definitely a point of emphasis.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.