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Fairbairn made his lone field-goal attempt and all three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 38-24 loss to Denver in Week 14.
Fairbairn showed off his leg once again, connecting on a 54-yard field goal for Houston's lone first-half score, but that was his lone FGA. Houston fell behind 31-3 at half time, and playing for field goals was not an option in the second half. Fairbairn's made three of six from beyond the 50 this season and 10 of 16 over his career.
Fairbairn made all four of his extra-point kicks for four points in Sunday's 28-22 win over New England.
The Texans were in the business of scoring touchdowns against New England's top-ranked scoring defense, which limited Fairbairn's scoring opportunities. Houston scored touchdowns on four of its five trips to New England's side of the field.
Fairbairn made both of his field-goal attempts and both extra-point kicks in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Colts .
Fairbairn connected from 35 and 36 yards and remains a perfect 9-for-9 inside the 40-yard line. His overall productivity, however, has dropped off in 2019, largely due to Houston scoring more touchdowns when entering the red zone. Fairbairn ranks 23rd among kickers with 6.5 points per game.
Fairbairn missed his lone field-goal attempt and converted one extra-point kick in Sunday's 41-7 loss to the Ravens in Week 11.
Fairbairn was wide right late in the first half on a 43-yard attempt, his second miss in as many weeks. It was the fifth time in 10 games that Fairbairn has been held to one field goal or fewer.
Fairbairn made two of three field-goal attempts and two of three extra-point kicks for eight points in Sunday's 26-3 win over the Jaguars.
Fairbairn can't be faulted on either miss. The unsuccessful field goal was from 58 yards in the waning moments of the first half, while the extra-point miss was blocked. His two makes were from 42 and 52 yards. After a shaky start to the season, the third-year kicker has righted himself over the last three weeks. However, with just 17 FGA in nine games, Fairbairn is well off his scoring pace of 2018.
Fairbairn successfully converted two field-goal attempts and three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Raiders.
Fairbairn had a rocky start to the season, but he's nailed all of his kicks the last two weeks, looking like the reliable placekicker that led the NFL in scoring in 2018. Just like last season, he's been there for the Texans when there were unable to reach the end zone in five of their last 10 red-zone appearances. It looks like the recent focused work on the kicking operation -- the long snapper and holder included -- has paid off.
Fairbairn converted all three field-goal attempts and two extra-point kicks for 11 points in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Colts in Week 7.
For the first time in five games, Fairbairn did not miss any of his kicks. The field goals were from 47, 31 and 26 yards. It was a trip back to last season for Fairbairn, who stepped in when the offense failed to score touchdowns three times in the red zone. He's made nine of 12 field-goal attempts through seven games.
Fairbairn and the rest of the kicking operation put in extra work this week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
One year after leading the NFL in scoring, Fairbairn has gotten off to an uneven start. He's missed four extra points and three field goals. Houston head coach Bill O'Brien has pointed to the entire operation as a root cause, so Fairbairn, holder Bryan Anger and long snapper Jon Weeks put in the extra time this week to lock down their technique.
Houston head coach Bill O'Brien ascribed the team's kicking issues to the entire operation, and not just Fairbairn, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fairbairn missed his fourth extra-point kick and a 46-yard field-goal attempt in Sunday's win over the Chiefs. "I think we've got to improve," O'Brien said Monday. "I think we've got to look at the whole operation technique-wise. We have to make those kicks. That's professional football. We have to make the kicks, Ka'imi knows that. We're going to work hard to try to make that better this week." There is a new holder in place -- punter Bryan Anger replaced Trevor Daniel -- which could be the source of some of the kicking issues Fairbairn is experiencing. The bottom line is that the Texans are not thinking about making a change at kicker at this time.
Fairbairn converted one of two field-goal attempts and two of three extra-point attempts in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Chiefs in Week 6.
Fairbairn has missed kicks in each of the last four games, although none have been costly. At some point, however, the sheer volume of misses could cost him a job, and last year's leading scorer among kickers is sitting at 17th this season. Some of that is due to Houston's improvement in the red zone, but Fairbairn has missed seven kicks (four extra points, three field goals) through the first six weeks.
Fairbairn went 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts and 5-for-7 on extra-point kicks for 11 points in Sunday's 53-32 win over Atlanta in Week 5.
Fairbairn reached double-digit scoring for the first time in 2019, a feat he accomplished seven times last season, and he also made his first kick from 50-plus yards. Sunday's missed extra points ended up not being a factor, but Fairbairn's failed to convert three extra points this season and could have had a fourth but was saved by a penalty. Houston head coach Bill O'Brien said he was not worried about Fairbairn when asked about his misses during the practice week leading into Sunday's tilt, but that could change as the misses pile up or become costly. While he's been shaky in post-touchdown kicks, Fairbairn's been good when asked to convert field goals. He's 5-for-7 in that area, with his two misses coming from beyond the 50-yard-line.
Houston head coach Bill O'Brien said he's not concerned about Fairbairn's start to the season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fairbairn has missed two field-goal attempts this season, both from beyond 50 yards, and an extra-point kick, but O'Brien is not ready to bring in competition. "No, I don't worry about Ka'imi," O'Brien said. "He's got a good mindset. He's had a couple of kicks that have sprayed to the right on him, but he'll fix it." Fairbairn entered the season having converted seven of 10 attempts from beyond 50.
Fairbairn made one of two field-goal tries and his lone extra-point kick for four points in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Panthers in Week 4.
Fairbairn's miss came from 52 yards, so it was not a chip shot, but he's got the leg for that distance. He entered the season having made seven of 10 kicks from beyond 50, but it's up to the offense to put him in position to score. Houston's offense was bottled up all day, and Carolina made it difficult for quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was sacked six times and turned the ball over twice. Fairbairn has just five FGA through the first four weeks and has yet to reach double digits in points, an indication that the Texans need to fix their 22nd-ranked offense (19.5 PPG).
Fairbairn missed his lone field-goal attempt and converted three of four extra-point kicks in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers in Week 3.
Fairbairn's missed field-goal was a 56-yard attempt as time ran out before halftime, so no shame in that. The Texans have done a much better job of finishing drives in 2019, hitting paydirt six of seven times when reaching the red zone. That's had a cooling effect on Fairbairn, who led the NFL in field-goal attempts in 2018 but has just three through the first three weeks of 2019.
Fairbairn converted both field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point kick in Sundays' 13-12 win over the Jaguars in Week 2.
Fairbairn was not called upon to attempt a field goal in Week 1, so these two attempts were his first of the season. He remains perfect after two weeks, nailing all seven of his kicks (five extra points, two field goals), although he was bailed out on an extra-point miss in Week 1 by a penalty.
Fairbairn successfully converted all four extra-point kicks in Monday's 30-28 loss to the Saints in Week 1.
Fairbairn narrowly escaped with his perfect night after the Saints were whistled for a roughing the kicker penalty on his final attempt. The infraction played no role in the miss, which Fairbairn pushed wide right with the game tied at 27-27, occurring after the kicker executed the kick unhindered. Given a second chance, the 25-year-old gave Houston a one-point lead before Drew Brees took the Saints downfield for a winning field goal. Fairbairn was the league-leader in field-goal attempts in 2018, but there were no such opportunities in the regular-season opener, as the Texans finished off all four drives that reached New Orleans' side of the field.
Fairbairn successfully converted all three field-goal attempts in Saturday's preseason Week 2 win over the Lions.
Fairbairn booted three-pointers from 50, 27 and 39 yards. He's a perfect 5-for-5 over the first two preseason games and leads all kickers with 20 preseason points. Fairbairn led the NFL in kicker scoring in 2018, fueled by a league-high 42 field-goal attempts (37 FGM).
The Texans signed Fairbairn, a restricted free agent, Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
After the Texans extended a second-round tender to Fairbairn in early March, a return to Houston was all but guaranteed considering the price tag attached to him. In his second pro season in 2018, he led the NFL in both field-goal attempts (42) and field goals made (37) en route to 150 points. This latter number likely will go down if the Texans find the end zone more often this fall, but he should still be among the top kicking options for fantasy purposes.
Fairbairn received a second-round tender from the Texans on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans won't take any chances with their starting kicker, who converted every kick he attempted inside 40 yards last season and was the NFL's scoring leader. Houston would receive a second-round pick in the unlikely event that Fairbairn receives an offer sheet the team doesn't want to match. Fairbairn appears on track to be a top fantasy option at the kicker position in 2019.
Fairbairn did not attempt a field goal and converted his lone extra-point kick in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card round loss to Indianapolis.
Fairbairn, the NFL's leading scorer in 2018, did not get much work in the playoff loss. Houston's defense committed early penalties that extended a couple of the Colts' drives, which turned into touchdowns, putting the offense in a deep second-quarter hole. The Colts' defense then clamped down on quarterback Deshaun Watson and his weapons, preventing the offense from consistently moving the ball and limiting the Texans to one red-zone opportunity over the first three quarters. All that served to limit Fairbairn, who becomes an exclusive-rights free agent next year. The Texans are expected to bring him back for 2019.
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