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Will Green Bay's offense awaken vs. Bears?

As mentioned on Wednesday's podcast, we're not ready to panic over Green Bay's slow start on offense.

All five Around The NFL scribes picked the Packers to slay the Bears in Chicago, based largely on our collective belief that Aaron Rodgers and company are overdue for an explosion.

To date, Green Bay's star quarterback has yet to unfurl the bevy of big plays we've come to expect from the annual MVP candidate.

On his 102 passes, Rodgers has just two completions of 25-plus yards, ranking him 31st in the NFL in that category. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater, meanwhile, has two of those long completions over just three quarters.

Lacking in chunk plays, Green Bay's 223 total yards against the Lions in Week 3 served as the team's lowest output since Rodgers' first season as a starter in 2008.

It's not just the quarterback. Runner Eddie Lacy has yet to top 43 yards in any game this season behind a scattershot offensive line. Jarrett Boykin has been a disappointment as the presumed No. 3 wideout, while Randall Cobb's bland usage in the scheme has led to Jordy Nelson accounting for 50.4 percent of the Green Bay's receiving yards.

Passing yardage is typically a dim lens to peer through, but how many of you expected Rodgers -- averaging 232.3 yards per game -- to trail Austin Davis (251.3) and Brian Hoyer (238.7) after three weeks?

If that's still the case after Sunday, the concern over Green Bay's offense will be tangible.

On the latest Around The NFL Podcast, the heroes chat with two-time MVP Kurt Warner, debate the NFL's top throwing arms and preview Thursday night's game.

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