Fairbairn successfully made four of four field-goal attempts and two of three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 41-38 loss to Tennessee.
Analysis: Fairbairn had a season-high 14 points, including a 51-yard field goal calmly drilled with 18 seconds left to tie the game at 38-38. Unfortunately, Houston's sketchy defense gave up a big play and his heroics were for naught. Fairbairn finished the season with 118 points, the third consecutive season with more than 100 points, and was successful on 87 percent of his field-goal attempts. He inked a four-year deal prior to the 2020 season and should be back for 2021.
Jan 4, 2021 3:48 AM EST
Fairbairn made one of one field-goal attempts and four of four extra-point kicks in Sunday's 37-31 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Fairbairn's production in Week 16 leaves him with 104 points, the fourth straight season he's crossed the 100-point threshold. For his four-year career -- and with one week left in 2020 -- the UCLA grad has averaged 111.5 points while connecting on 84 percent of field-goal attempts and 92.4 percent of extra-point kicks.
Dec 28, 2020 5:20 AM EST
Fairbairn was successful on two of two field-goal attempts and made both of his extra-point kicks in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Fairbairn benefitted from Houston's failure in the red zone, where they scored just one touchdown over four trips. The eight-point effort gives him 97 for the season, which puts him in the middle of pack heading into Week 16 against the Bengals, who are tied for 30th in fantasy points allowed to kickers.
Dec 20, 2020 7:14 PM EST
Fairbairn did not have a field-goal attempt and made his lone extra-point kick in Sunday's 36-7 loss to the Bears.
Analysis: The Texans were down 30-7 at halftime and were in no need for three pointers from Fairbairn, who had averaged nearly nine points over the last three games. Houston's lone second-half, red-zone drive stalled out on downs. On a related note, quarterback Deshaun Watson took a beating Sunday (six sacks, 11 quarterback hits) and left the game briefly with an elbow injury. If the Texans decide it's not worth risking Watson at any point over the final three games, the offense may not provide many scoring opportunities for Fairbairn.
Dec 14, 2020 5:55 AM EST
Fairbairn was successful on two of three field-goal attempts and made two extra-point kicks in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Fairbairn's miss was wide right from 53 yards, but the kicker was successful on a boot from 52 yards, his third make in five tries from beyond the 50. The Texans are on the road Week 14 in Chicago, whose defense ranks 13th in scoring (23.7 PPG).
Dec 7, 2020 4:54 AM EST
Fairbairn made two of two field-goal attempts and three of four extra-point kicks in Thursday's 41-25 win over Detroit.
Analysis: Fairbairn's extra-point miss was his second of the season. He went wide left after Houston's first score of the day, but the failure did not come back to bite the Texans, who scored on six of their 12 possessions and had a defensive touchdown. Fairbairn, who has recorded nine points in three of the past four games, is tied for 22nd in kicker scoring with 7.27 points per game.
Nov 27, 2020 5:39 AM EST
Fairbairn made two of two field-goal attempts and all three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 27-20 win over New England.
Analysis: With much better conditions Sunday than he had in last week's game in Cleveland, Fairbairn was perfect inside Houston's dome. He's recorded nine points in two of the last three games.
Nov 23, 2020 6:51 AM EST
Fairbairn missed his lone field-goal attempt and successfully converted his lone extra-point kick in Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Fairbairn's wind-blown 46-yard attempt sailed wide left, his third field-goal miss of the season. The Texans eschewed a field-goal attempt earlier in the game when interim head coach Romeo Crennel opted to go for it on fourth down inside the Browns' five-yard line. It failed. Fairbairn returns home, where the conditions will be more favorable, in Week 11 against the Patriots.
Nov 16, 2020 5:58 AM EST
Fairbairn successfully converted two of two field-goal attempts and all three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 27-25 win over Jacksonville.
Analysis: One of Fairbairn's field goals was from long range, a season-high 54-yarder, his second boot this season from beyond the 50-yard-line. The nine points was Fairbairn's highest point total since Week 5, the last time Houston faced Jacksonville.
Nov 9, 2020 5:28 AM EST
Fairbairn converted two of three field-goal attempts and both extra-point kicks in Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: Fairbairn shanked a 38-yard attempt but benefitted from two stalled red zone trips to register eight points. It was the third time in the last four games he's had multiple field goals.
Oct 26, 2020 5:00 AM EST
Fairbairn converted his lone field-goal attempt and three of four extra-point kicks in Sunday's 42-36 overtime loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Fairbairn's six-point effort snapped a two-game run in which he posted double-digit points and converted all six field-goal tries. The difference against Tennessee was the Texans ability to finish drives. They scored touchdowns on all four of their red zone looks, reversing a trend that had them settling for field goals on four of five red-area appearances the previous two weeks. Fairbairn currently ranks 20th in scoring among kickers with 7.3 points per game.
Oct 19, 2020 6:14 AM EST
Fairbairn converted all three field-goal attempts and was three of three on extra-point kicks in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Houston's offense moved the ball more consistently in Week 5, reaping the benefits of an effective running game, which enabled Fairbairn to post a season-high 12 points. He's scored 23 points over the last two weeks, and Sunday's game was third in five contests that he's converted at least three field goals.
Oct 12, 2020 5:38 AM EST
Fairbairn converted three of three field-goal attempts and two extra-point kicks in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: Fairbairn was the beneficiary of Houston's failure to finish in the red-zone (zero TDs in three trips), although he got a chance to show off his leg with a boot from 50 yards out. His 11 points were a season high and was the second time he's finished in double digits. He's been inconsistent the first four weeks -- 2, 10, 3, 11 points -- which befits the NFL's 28th-ranked scoring offense (20.0 ppg).
Oct 5, 2020 6:38 PM EST
Fairbairn did not attempt a field goal and was successful on all three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 3.
Analysis: The Texans wildly inconsistent offense has rendered Fairbairn unplayable. He's recorded two points, 10 points and now three points through the first three games, while Houston's offense has been out of sync. Six of 10 drives ended in three-and-outs Sunday.
Sep 28, 2020 6:06 AM EST
Fairbairn made three of three field-goal attempts and his lone extra-point kick for 10 points in Sunday's 33-16 loss to the Ravens in Week 2.
Analysis: Fairbairn rebounded from a disappointing two-point effort Week 1. The Texans' offense made only two forays into the red zone, so they needed Fairbairn's leg more than they would like. Houston's offense hasn't been in sync the first two games. Perhaps it's due to the new weapons or a new player caller, offensive coordinator Tim Kelly. Houston looks to solve it's issues Week 3 on the road against Pittsburgh.
Sep 21, 2020 4:40 AM EST
Fairbairn missed his lone field-goal attempt and made 2-of-2 extra-point kicks in Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 1.
Analysis: Fairbairn pushed a 51-yard attempt, which isn't an chip shot, but it served as a momentum shift late in the second quarter. After the miss, the Chiefs moved into position to kick a field goal as time ran out in the first half and extend their lead to 17-7. As Kansas City piled on points, the Texans attempted a two-point conversion after one of their touchdowns, and Fairbairn was limited to two points on an evening in which Houston's offense converted touchdowns on all three of its red-zone appearances.
Sep 11, 2020 4:20 AM EST
Fairbairn is signing a four-year contract to stay with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old kicker played all 16 games each of the past three seasons, converting 83.7 percent of field-goal attempts and 91.7 percent of extra-point tries, including 10 of 16 from 50-plus yards. Fairbairn's volume has been far less consistent than his accuracy -- 25 FGAs in 2017, a league-high 42 in 2018, and then 25 again in 2019. The average of 30.7 per season is a reasonable expectation for 2020, assuming the Houston offense remains solid with Deshaun Watson leading the charge.
Mar 10, 2020 7:32 AM EST
Fairbairn converted one of two field-goal attempts and four of four extra-point kicks in Sunday's 51-31 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: In a game that became shootout, one in which the Chiefs scored touchdowns on seven consecutive drives, sending Fairbairn out to attempt field goals was not part of the thought process in the second half. One year after leading the NFL in points, Fairbairn dropped back to 19th among kickers with 100 points. The 25-year-old placekicker enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
Jan 12, 2020 9:00 PM EST
Fairbairn converted both of his field-goal attempts in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in their AFC Wild Card playoff game.
Analysis: Fairbairn booted a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter then sent Houston onto the divisional round after an accurate 28-yarder in overtime. The 25-year-old placekicker has made all of his kicks over the last seven games, going 9-of-9 on field goals and 16-of-16 on extra points.
Jan 5, 2020 7:20 AM EST
Fairbairn made both of his extra-point kicks in Sunday's 35-14 loss to Tennessee in Week 17.
Analysis: With nothing on the line for the Texans, head coach Bill O'Brien sat most of his skill position players, including quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. With other regulars injured and inactive -- Kenny Stills (knee) and Will Fuller V (groin) -- and Carlos Hyde limited to five snaps, Houston's offense was not as explosive as it could be. That limited Fairbairn's opportunities to put points on the board.
Dec 30, 2019 4:46 PM EST
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