Budda Baker Wins NFC Defensive Player Of The Month Despite Missing A Game

The Cardinals have had back-to-back primetime games and fans around the country have gotten to see this electric young team.

One of the biggest bright spots has been safety Budda Baker, who was just named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October.

Baker won the award despite missing a game to start the month with a thumb injury that required surgery. He returned to play for the next three games wearing a cast on his thumb.

He had 10 tackles and a sack in a win over the Jets, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception in a blowout win over the Cowboys and added another interception in last Sunday’s win over the division rival Seahawks. The Cardinals won all three games.

His interception on Sunday night should’ve been a pick-6 if it wasn’t for DK Metcalf turning into the Terminator. 

The Cardinals signed Baker to a four-year, $59 million extension before the season, making him the highest paid safety in the NFL. His performance has showed why they were willing to make that investment.

“He is everywhere,” Kliff Kingsbury said earlier in the month. “You watch the game, and ’32’ shows up in every situation, all night. Such a tremendous player.”

The Cardinals are 5-2 on the season and have a bye this week. They are scheduled to face Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins in Week 9.

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