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Vontae Davis is playing well, no matter who it’s against

Demaryius Thomas, Vontae Davis

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) misses a catch against Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (23) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Everybody had a joke for Vontae Davis, after his Sunday night malaprop — when he referred to Peyton Manning as Tom Brady in a post-game interview.

I mean, even his grandma had to know it was Manning coming back to Indianapolis last weekend, right?

But the funny part is that for all the attention the slip of the tongue got him, fewer are noticing the part he played in making Manning look like some other guy.

Davis was able to smile about the mistake, as he’s been bombarded with teasing teammates all week.

Hey, I slipped,” Davis said, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. “Peyton’s a great quarterback. Actually, they’re both great quarterbacks. It wasn’t an insult. You have nightmares about both those guys.”

Davis has been giving opponents nightmares this season, as he’s justified the Colts trading a pair of picks to get him this year. He matched up on Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for most of Sunday’s win over the Broncos, and did an excellent job. Thomas was targeted nine times but caught just four passes for 82 yards, with a 31-yard touchdown that came when Davis was out of the game briefly with an injury.

“I know Vontae prepared for Brady this week,” teammate Darius Butler said, “but whoever he prepares for, as long as he comes out and plays like he did, we’re all for it.”

Davis is also in a contract year, which means all the attention he’s getting could leave him laughing all the way to the bank.