Let’s start with the tale of the tape:
Budda Baker: 5-foot-10, 195 pounds. Second-round pick (No. 36 overall) by the Cardinals in the 2017 NFL Draft. Two Pro Bowls and one first-team All-Pro selection in four seasons.
Tyrann Mathieu: 5-9, 190 pounds. Third-round pick (No. 69 overall) by the Cardinals in the 2013 NFL Draft. One Pro Bowl and one first-team All-Pro selection in six seasons with Arizona. (Mathieu, who played for the Texans in 2018 and joined the Chiefs in 2019, was also named first-team All-Pro last season in Kansas City.)
In the last 10 seasons, just four Cardinals defensive/special teams players have been named first-team All-Pro, and Mathieu and Baker are two of them. Since entering the NFL in 2017, Baker is one of seven safeties with 15-plus passes defensed and five-plus sacks in that span.
Now on to Monday, where Baker stuffed the stat sheet with seven tackles, one sack, two QB hits, a forced fumble and an interception in the Cardinals’ 38-10 destruction of the Cowboys. How rare is it to log at least one sack, one forced fumble and one interception in the same game? It’s something Mathieu has yet to accomplish in his eight-year career.