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Fairbairn made both of his field-goal attempts and lone extra-point kick in Sundays' 22-13 loss to Indianapolis.
Fairbairn booted field goals from 52 and 46 yards, and finished the season with 92 points. When Deshaun Watson (knee) was healthy, Fairbairn became a productive scorer, but his output suffered after the quarterback's season-ending injury. He's got a long leg, making nine of 11 from beyond 40 yards, including three of four from outside 50, and should improve in 2018 if Watson comes back healthy and is as productive as he was in 2017.
Fairbairn did not have a scoring attempt in Monday's 34-6 loss to the Steelers.
Fairbairn was not called on for a scoring opportunity, as the Texans attempted a two-point conversion on their lone touchdown. He has just one point over the last two games and is suffering behind an unproductive offense. There's promise in Week 17 against Indianapolis' 31st-ranked scoring defense, but the offense is a mess and can't be trusted to present Fairbairn with many scoring chances.
Fairbairn did not have a field-goal attempt and made his lone extra-point try in Sundays' 45-7 loss to Jacksonville.
Once the Jaguars jumped out to a 31-0 first-half lead, Fairbairn's chances to score were going to be limited by Houston's need to score touchdowns. His scoring opportunities were severely diminished this season when quarterback Deshaun Watson (knee) suffered a season-ending injury, and those opportunities became fewer when Tom Savage (concussion) was replaced by the little-used T.J. Yates. It doesn't figure to get any better in a Week 16 matchup against the playoff-hungry Steelers, who rank seventh in scoring defense (19.9 PPG).
Fairbairn missed an extra-point kick and a field-goal attempt in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.
Fairbairn has missed four kicks (three FGA, one XPA) over the last two weeks, including a couple of field-goal tries inside the 50-yard line in last week's loss to the Titans. Head coach Bill O'Brien gave his beleaguered kicker a vote of confidence following the loss to the Titans and will no doubt have to answer questions this week about the former Lou Groza award winner out of UCLA. At this point, replacing the kicker is not going to matter much. The 4-9 Texans are still in the hunt for a postseason berth, but their chances are at less than one percent entering Week 15 against Jacksonville's top-ranked scoring defense (15.5 PPG).
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien suggested Monday that the team would stick with Fairbairn as its kicker, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "He's a good kicker. I have a lot of faith in him," O'Brien said of Fairbairn. "He had a bad day [in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Titans]. He'll be alright."
Fairbairn had a pair of costly missed field goals Sunday that changed the complexion of the contest, with the attempt he yanked wide left from 23 yards out in the third quarter especially brutal. The first-year kicker at least righted the ship before the end of the game by knocking home a 42-yard attempt, and his solid work on the whole this season looks like it will give him a little leeway before the Texans start working out other options. Through the Texans' 12 games, Fairbairn has connected on 17 of 21 field-goal tries and 29 of 31 extra-point attempts.