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Favre, Packers' offense not half bad in rout of Falcons

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A couple of their touchdowns might have
come on fluke plays, but the Green Bay Packers offense suddenly
looked legitimate on Saturday night.

One week after being held to a single field goal in San Diego,
the Packers put together several sustained scoring drives in a
38-10 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Brett Favre was 16-of-22 for 134 yards, throwing two touchdown
passes to cap long drives and leading the Packers to a field goal
after an interception by Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.

"We drove the ball really well," Favre said in comments
distributed by the Packers. "We had some good drives. That was a
good feeling, compared to San Diego."

Falcons coach Jim Mora said he was happy with his first-team
offense but needs to see more from his reserves.

"It's good to come to Lambeau Field and have Brett Favre on the
other side of the field and have 69,000 people in the stands and
see how those guys handle the pressure," Mora said. "Tonight, a
lot of guys didn't handle it well."

Vick played only the first two series for Atlanta, looking sharp
on a seven-play, 80-yard drive on the first. Vick threw a 22-yard
touchdown pass to tight end Dwayne Blakley to give the Falcons a
7-0 lead.

"I felt good. I think everybody did their job," Vick said.
"The first unit went out and played with a high level of intensity
and we were able to make plays, move the ball, possessed great
tempo. When we came out, it was up to the younger guys to pick it
up."

Mora didn't see that happen.

"After that, as everyone saw, it was downhill," Mora said.
"You see we have a glaring deficiency in backups right now. Now
that doesn't mean we don't have guys on this team that can't step
forward and fill those roles."

Favre answered by driving the Packers to the 3, where he threw a
short pass that skipped off the hands of tight end David Martin and
was caught by Bubba Franks to tie it at 7.

"We had to come out and punch those guys in the mouth early,
and we did," receiver Donald Driver said.

Vick was intercepted by Packers rookie Tyrone Culver on the
Falcons' second series, and left the game after completing 5 of 7
passes for 59 yards.

Atlanta backup Matt Schaub entered in the second quarter and had
good field position after a 43-yard kickoff return by former Packer
Allen Rossum.

Schaub got the Falcons into Packers territory, and Michael Koenen kicked a 51-yard field goal to tie the game at 10 -- another
step toward solidifying Koenen's bid to handle both kicking and
punting duties for the Falcons this season.

Favre threw his second touchdown pass to running back Najeh Davenport with 2:42 remaining in the half. Packers cornerback Jason Horton then intercepted Schaub's pass just before halftime, running
it back 44 yards for a touchdown that gave the Packers a 24-10
halftime lead.

Rookie receiver Greg Jennings caught another Packers touchdown
off a favorable bounce, snagging a tipped pass from backup Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter and running 85 yards for a touchdown,
allowing the Packers to take a 31-10 lead.

"They caught a lot of breaks," Falcons linebacker Edgerton Hartwell said. "A tipped pass for a touchdown, another tipped pass
for a touchdown. A blown coverage for another touchdown. … Thank
God for the preseason, it doesn't count."

Packers rookie defensive lineman Johnny Jolly intercepted a
tipped pass in the fourth quarter, setting up Rodgers' touchdown
pass to Zac Alcorn to make it 38-10.

The Packers got improved pass protection from a revamped
offensive line, that includes two rookie starting guards, and
struggled to protect Favre against the Chargers last Saturday.

"I think we're definitely headed in the right direction," said
Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who earned his first preseason victory
as a head coach. "You could see that we were capturing the line of
scrimmage."

But Davenport, who is returning after missing most of last
season with a broken ankle, carried 10 times for only 30 yards.

"I thought he played physical," McCarthy said.

Packers rookie linebacker A.J. Hawk made a couple of solid
defensive plays in the second quarter, tackling Justin Griffith for
a two-yard loss and breaking up Schaub's pass two plays later.

"As a whole, we played a lot faster tonight than last week,"
Hawk said. "It's good to get a win, even though it's just a
preseason game."

Hawk was penalized 15 yards on the opening drive of the second
half for roughing rookie quarterback D.J. Shockley, but later broke
up an attempted pass by Shockley on third-and-15. Hawk's play
should quiet some early criticism of the first-rounder.

"When he hits his comfort level, you're going to see what it's
all about," McCarthy said.

Game notes
Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall was injured in the second
quarter, but Mora said it was minor. ... McCarthy said fullback
William Henderson and tackle Todd Williams both sustained knee
injuries.