When the Indianapolis Colts signed cornerback Vontae Davis to a four-year, $39 million contract in March, they had high expectations for him.
So far, it's been paying off. Davis has allowed just six catches and no touchdowns this season on 15 targets with an opposing passer rating of 22.6, according to the Colts.
During a win last week over the Tennessee Titans, no passes were thrown in Davis' direction. That's normally how NFL offenses approach Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman.
"They didn't go at him," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "They went straight Richard Sherman on him. He played tight coverage and was consistent and was on his guy. They didn't challenge him."
Davis hasn't allowed a touchdown since the 14th week of last season. He has one interception this season and five pass deflections.
The younger brother of San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, Vontae Davis grew up in Washington, D.C., and starred at Dunbar High School. The Miami Dolphins drafted him in the first round in 2009 out of Illinois and traded him to the Colts in 2012 for a second-round draft pick.
On Sunday, Davis will square off against Ravens wide receivers Steve Smith and Torrey Smith. Steve Smith has caught 25 passes for 429 yards and three touchdowns. Torrey Smith caught his first touchdown of the season last week against the Carolina Panthers.
"I knew Vontae when I got to college," Torrey Smith said. "He's a great corner. He's definitely one of the better corners in the league. I'm sure we'll see a little bit of him on Sunday."