Game Day: Packers vs. Falcons

Brett Favre vs. Michael Vick is certainly one of the NFL's marquee matchups. Not tonight, however. When the Packers and Falcons meet in the Georgia Dome, it will be preseason business as usual. That means a short, and with any luck, uneventful night for both star QBs.<P>

Favre's schedule will be similar to his script in Monday night's opener. He is likely to play two series.

"From my standpoint, it really wasn't much of anything, except getting drilled one time," Favre said of his preseason debut vs. KC in which he was sacked by former teammate Vonnie Holliday on the second play of the game.

Falcon QB Vick will see more action tonight. According to reports, Vick will play the entire first quarter and part of the second.

"I don't have to go out and prove anything, Vick said. "We'll just go out, and I'll continue to polish up my skills. I might get some different looks, but it's not a whole game, so you really can't get into it, into the flow of the game like I want to. But it's enough to get going."

Vick will be followed by Atlanta backup Doug Johnson, while third-stringer Kurt Kittner is scheduled to take over in the fourth quarter. Fourth-stringer David Rivers probably won't get so much as a snap tonight.

Meanwhile, the Packers have some sorting to do. Just like last week, Doug Pederson will follow Favre, but probably only for a single series. Then, the work begins. Craig Nall and Akili Smith will play the final three quarters, with Smith getting plenty of snaps. So far, they haven't had a chance to be compared in game action due to Monday's lightning-shortened display.

Coach Mike Sherman will be looking at his back-up QBs and also at his offense as a whole.

"We have to do a better job of moving the chains, and we need to get the ball in the end zone," Sherman said. "We cannot turn the ball over three times in a half like we did and expect to win a football game."

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