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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.
Fairbairn went 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts and 2-for-2 on extra-point kicks for eight points scored in Sunday's 20-3 win over Jacksonville.
Fairbairn finished off the regular season tops among kickers with 150 points, three field goals clear of Baltimore's Justin Tucker. He was first in field-goal attempts (42) and makes (37) as well, taking advantage of the Texans' inability to finish drives. He was a difference maker some weeks, posting double-digit points seven times, including individual games of 17, 17 and 16 points.
Fairbairn made his lone field-goal attempt and three of four extra-point kicks in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Eagles.
Fairbairn had been successful on 24 consecutive kicks before a second-quarter extra-point attempt sailed wide right. Despite the miss, he managed a credible six points and maintained his NFL scoring lead with 142 points after 15 games.
Fairbairn made all five field-goal attempts and two extra-point kicks in Saturday's 29-22 win over the Jets.
This was the second time in three games that Fairbairn has successfully converted five field goals, and the fourth time Houston's offense has presented him with that many attempts in a game. He leads the NFL with 136 points and 34 field goals, partially due to the Texans' inability to finish drives. Houston ranks 26th in the NFL, scoring touchdowns on just 50 percent of its red-zone opportunities.
Fairbairn made all three of his extra-point kicks and did not attempt a field goal in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Colts.
The three points were a season low for Fairbairn, who had shot to become second among the NFL's scoring leaders after posting 38 points over the previous three games. He wasn't given much of a chance Sunday, as six of Houston's 11 possessions ended in four plays or fewer.
Fairbairn successfully converted a career-high five field goals in Sunday's 29-13 win over the Browns.
Houston's 25th-ranked red zone offense once again presented Fairbairn with a number of scoring opportunities, and the third-year kicker from UCLA happily obliged. He made kicks from 35, 42, 48, 53 and 38 yards while also converting two extra-point kicks for a career-high 17 points. He leads all kickers in scoring (116 points) and ranks second overall to only the Rams' Todd Gurley (120) on the season.
Fairbairn made both of his field-goal attempts and all four extra-point kicks for 10 points in Monday's 34-17 win over Tennessee.
Fairbairn has 21 points over the last two weeks, a surge that has moved him to third among kickers in scoring with 99 points (9.0 PPG). He also leads the NFL in field-goal attempts with 29.
Fairbairn converted three of his five field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point kicks for 11 points in Sunday's 23-21 victory over Washington.
Fairbairn experienced the highs and lows of placekicking in the Week 11 win. His 54-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter turned out to be the game-deciding score, but he misfired on a 45-yarder later in the game which would have made life easier for the Texans. He also missed a 44-yarder earlier in the contest. Still, he's been a productive kicker in 2018, leading the NFL with 27 FGA while successfully converting 81.5 percent of his kicks.
Fairbairn successfully converted both field-goal attempts and one of two extra-point kicks in Sunday's 19-17 win over Denver.
Fairbairn's missed extra point, his first of the season, loomed large entering the fourth quarter of a one-point game, but the Texans gave the kicker a chance at redemption. He connected from 37 yards away for the final scoring play of the game, clinching Houston's sixth straight win. Fairbairn enters the Texans' bye week having made 19 of 22 field-goal attempts, while his 8.8 PPG is tied for sixth among kickers.
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