Game Day - Packers vs. Cardinals

Two big numbers could figure into today's game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals at Tempe's Sun Devil Stadium: The number of Packer fans and the number on the thermometer.<P>

First, the good news: Packer fans are thought to be responsible for more than half of the 60,000 tickets sold for this game. The Cardinals drew just 23,000 for their opener, and with their blanking at the hands of Seattle, that number isn't expected to rise.

"For us, it's a little embarrassing," Emmitt Smith said. "But tht's just the way the bounced."

A number that is expected to rise is the temperature. The forecasted high is 102, which would make it the hottest weather the Packers have experienced.

Maybe that's not a bad thing for a southern boy like Brett Favre. Afterall, the on-field temperature was over 90 when Favre relieved QB Don Majkowski on that fateful September day in 1992.

"I'm a southern boy and I love it hot and humid, but only when I'm weed-eatin' and cutting the grass," Favre admitted. "You can take a break if you want and just sit and think about playing football. But you've got no choice when you're playing in it."

The Packers practiced with a jacked-up thermostat inside the Don Hutson Center this week to prepare.

Will it pay off? Stay tuned to for full game details.

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