Fairbairn made his lone field-goal attempt and all three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 32-31 win over Indianapolis in Week 18.
Analysis: Fairbairn had a strong season while kicking for one of the worst offenses in the league. He finished out the year by making all 31 kicks over the final 11 games and made all six efforts from 50 and beyond. There will be a new coaching staff in 2023, but it shouldn't take much effort to see Fairbairn was not a problem for Houston in 2022. He enters the final year of his contract after successfully converting 29 of 31 field-goal tries.
Jan 9, 2023 7:30 AM EST
Fairbairn converted his lone field-goal attempt in Sunday's 31-3 loss to Jacksonville in Week 17.
Analysis: Fairbairn's 56-yard field goal in the third quarter prevented Houston from being shut out. The veteran has bounced back from an injury-marred 2021 to make 93 percent (28 of 30) of his FGAs, including all six from beyond 50 and beyond.
Jan 2, 2023 8:09 AM EST
Fairbairn converted two of two field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point kick in Saturday's 19-14 win over the Titans in Week 16.
Analysis: Fairbairn finished off a couple of red-zone trips with chip shots and is a perfect 15-of-15 over the last nine games. He's also made all 21 of his extra-point kicks this season. If Houston can ever fix its offense, Fairbairn could be an elite kicker for fantasy teams.
Dec 26, 2022 7:46 AM EST
Fairbairn made his lone field-goal attempt and all three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Chiefs in Week 15.
Analysis: Fairbairn has been perfect the last eight games, converting 13 of 13 FGA and 10 of 10 XPA. He's 16th in kicker scoring with 95 points, but Fairbairn is saddled with one of the league's worst offenses. He third among qualified kickers, converting 92.6 percent (25 of 27) of his FGA, including five of five from beyond the 50.
Dec 19, 2022 6:41 AM EST
Fairbairn converted all three field-goal attempts and both extra-point kicks in Sunday's 27-23 loss to Dallas in Week 14.
Analysis: Fairbairn connected on two kicks from long distance -- 50 and 54 yards -- and another from 43 yards. The 10-point effort was his first double-digit output of the season and came after a week in which he dealt with a groin injury. The six-year veteran is enjoying a bounce-back season, having made 92 percent (24 of 26) of his FGAs.
Dec 12, 2022 7:06 AM EST
Fairbairn doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's matchup against Dallas.
Analysis: Fairbairn logged back-to-back limited sessions to start the week due to a groin injury, but he was upgraded to a full participant Friday and is good to go for Sunday. The sixth-year kicker has yet to miss a game this season, connecting on 21 of 23 field-goal attempts across 12 appearances.
Dec 9, 2022 2:38 PM EST
Fairbairn (groin) is just dealing with soreness according to special teams coordinator Frank Ross, and he's expected to play Sunday against the Cowboys, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: Fairbairn was limited in practice Wednesday, but despite being considered questionable it sounds like the veteran kicker should suit up Week 14. The Texans have yet to bring in any kickers for a workout, while they also do not currently carry one on their practice squad, However, if the team does make a move at the position that would certainly indicate that expectations for Fairbairn's status for Sunday have changed.
Dec 8, 2022 10:39 AM EST
Fairbairn was a limited participant Wednesday due to a groin injury.
Analysis: Fairbairn made both of his field-goal attempts in Week 13, but he appears to have picked up a groin injury as well. The severity of the issue remains unclear, but he'll have two more opportunities to log a full session before Houston needs to make a decision on his status for Sunday's matchup against Dallas.
Dec 7, 2022 1:41 PM EST
Fairbairn made two of two field-goal attempts and was not given a chance to kick an extra point in Sunday's 27-14 loss to the Browns in Week 13.
Analysis: Fairbairn connected from 44 and 35 yards and has converted 11 consecutive FGAs. His last miss came in the first quarter of Week 7's loss to the Raiders. That's the good news about Fairbairn; the bad news is that he kicks for a team whose offense has cratered the last several weeks. Fairbairn has attempted just nine field goals and Houston averages 13.6 points over the last six games. Additionally, they often fall behind by multiple scores and eschew field-goal attempts. For the season, the Texans rank 31st in scoring (15.7 PPG) and last in total yards (279.3 YPG).
Dec 5, 2022 7:09 AM EST
Fairbairn connected on his lone field-goal attempt and was not given a chance at an extra-point kick in Sunday's 30-15 loss to Miami.
Analysis: Fairbairn's lone make was a 28-yarder late in the fourth quarter that put the Texans within two scores. Prior to that, Houston went for two points following touchdowns after falling behind 30-0 in the first half. Fairbairn is a dependable leg kicking for the league's worst offense in terms of total yards (279.0 YPG).
Nov 28, 2022 5:55 AM EST
Fairbairn converted his lone field-goal attempt and extra-point try in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Commanders in Week 11.
Analysis: Fairbairn hasn't missed a kick of any kind since Week 7 and has just two errant kicks for the season. The issue is that Houston's offense doesn't afford him many opportunities. Typically, the Texans stall out and present field-goal chances, but the Commanders stifled the offense, which amassed just 148 yards (five in the first half).
Nov 21, 2022 7:05 AM EST
Fairbairn converted three of three field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point kick in Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Giants in Week 10.
Analysis: Fairbairn reached double digits in points for the first time this season thanks to Houston's red-zone efficiency. Three of the Texans' six red-zone trips resulted in Fairbairn field goals. It could have been more, but Houston turned the ball over twice in the shadow of New York's goal line. He's connected on 17 of 19 (89 percent) field-goal attempts, including all three from beyond the 50.
Nov 14, 2022 7:10 AM EST
Fairbairn successfully converted his lone field-goal attempt and two extra-point kicks in Thursday's 29-17 loss to Philadelphia in Week 9.
Analysis: Fairbairn has been steady on field goals, converting 14 of 16 including all three from beyond the 50, but Houston's offense doesn't generate enough touchdowns, ranking tied for 27th in the NFL with 13.
Nov 4, 2022 6:09 AM EST
Fairbairn converted his lone field-goal attempt and extra-point kick in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Titans in Week 8.
Analysis: Fairbairn's 43-yard field goal gave Houston a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter, but it was an example of the team's offensive frustration. The Texans began the drive at the Tennessee 11-yard line after a Steven Nelson interception. Two incompletions and a 13-yard loss on a sack later, the Texans settled for a less-than chip shot from its kicker. Houston spent time on the Tennessee side of the field on four drives -- two of which started there -- but could not generate much for Fairbairn. He has successfully booted 13 of 15 field-goal attempts.
Oct 31, 2022 6:42 AM EST
Fairbairn converted two of three field-goal attempts and both extra-point kicks in Sunday's 38-20 loss to Las Vegas in Week 7.
Analysis: Fairbairn missed wide right from 39 yards on the Texans first possession, but later was good from 35 and 55 yards -- he's three of three from beyond the 50. Fairbairn's 46 points is tied for 16th among placekickers, and his 14 FGA is tied for 12th.
Oct 24, 2022 6:49 AM EST
Fairbairn was successful on both field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point kick in Sunday's 13-6 win over Jacksonville in Week 5.
Analysis: Points were at a premium, and Fairbairn came through for the Texans. He nailed kicks from 50 and 51 yards in the second quarter -- his first two attempts of the season from the 50 and beyond. The fifth-year placekicker has a history of making long-distance kicks, connecting on 67 percent (20 of 30) of his attempts from 50 and beyond during his NFL career.
Oct 10, 2022 7:02 AM EST
Fairbairn converted one of two field-goal attempts and all three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Chargers in Week 4.
Analysis: A first-quarter kick from 46 yards was wide left, Fairbairn's first miss of the season. He nailed a 40-yarder in the fourth to bring Houston within one score, but the defense couldn't prevent the Chargers from tacking on a final touchdown. Fairbairn has successfully converted 8-of-9 field goal attempts and 31 points through four games.
Oct 3, 2022 7:05 AM EST
Fairbairn converted two of two field-goal attempts and both extra-point tries in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Bears in Week 3.
Analysis: Fairbairn connected from 39 and 23 yards and remains perfect for the season on all kicks. He's tied with Cleveland's Cade York for sixth among placekickers with 25 points through three weeks.
Sep 26, 2022 6:35 AM EST
Fairbairn made three of three field-goal attempts and was not required to kick an extra point in Sunday's 16-9 loss to the Broncos in Week 2.
Analysis: Fairbairn made kicks of 44, 40 and 24 yards and has been successful on all five FG attempts in 2022. The Texans have just two red-zone appearances over the first two weeks, which suggests it could be a busy season for Fairbairn. He has 17 points through two weeks, ranking seventh among placekickers.
Sep 19, 2022 7:22 AM EST
Fairbairn converted two of two field-goal attempts and both extra-point kicks in Sunday's 20-20 tie with the Colts in Week 1.
Analysis: Fairbairn, who experienced an undisclosed injury near the end of preseason, was perfect on the day. He made field goals from 45 and 43 yards. The Texans were within his range early in the fourth quarter and leading 20-3 -- it would have been a 53-yarder -- but head coach Lovie Smith opted to punt instead, explaining to reporters in the post-game press conference that he thought backing up the Colts and playing defense was the better option. Fairbairn is usually a sure-footed kicker with distance that looks to improve on a down year in 2021, as the Texans maneuver through the second year of a rebuild.
Sep 12, 2022 6:50 AM EST
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