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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brett Favre has never been sacked by two of the most dominant defensive ends in NFL history.

Reggie White never did it, in part because he played with Favre in Green Bay from 1993-98. And neither has Bruce Smith.

Unlike White, who retired last year, Smith is still playing, and playing well.

He had 10 sacks in his first season in Washington after a messy divorce from the Buffalo Bills last year and has 181 for his career, 17 shy of White's NFL mark.

He gets another crack at Favre when the Redskins play the Packers in Green Bay in the first Monday night NFL game since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Chad Clifton has primary responsibly to keep Smith from adding Favre to his long list of sack victims.

"In my opinion, he's one of the top two defensive ends ever to play this game, him and Reggie White," said Clifton, a second-year tackle from Tennessee.

Washington's offense and special teams were a mess in their 30-3 season-opening loss at San Diego in Marty Schottenhiemer's first game as Redskins coach.

The Chargers, who capitalized on the Redskins' shaky offense and kick coverage units, had the ball for almost 37 minutes, but managed just 255 yards.

Smith leads a stout defensive line of former first-round picks that includes Marco Coleman, Dan Wilkinson and Kenard Lang. And Smith still commands double teams because of his quickness.