Visiting quarterbacks have one huge advantage on Wild Card Weekend

Of the four playoff games over Wild Card Weekend, the home team is the underdog in three of them. One of the biggest reasons: The quarterbacks for the visiting teams have combined for 37 postseason starts while their home-team counterparts have ... zero.

The breakdown:

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
Alex Smith : 3 postseason starts, 1-2 record; Brian Hoyer : 0 starts.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Ben Roethlisberger : 15 starts, 10-5 record, 2-1 in the Super Bowl; AJ McCarron : 0 starts.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings
Russell Wilson : 8 starts, 6-2 record, 1-1 in the Super Bowl; Teddy Bridgewater : 0 starts.

Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins
Aaron Rodgers : 11 starts, 6-5 record, 1-0 in the Super Bowl; Kirk Cousins : 0 starts*.

(*Cousins appeared in relief of Robert Griffin III in the Redskins' January 2013 playoff loss to the Seahawks. He was 3 of 10 for 31 yards.)

So yeah, long odds for the home teams. Then again, who had the Texans winning the division after their 3-5 start? Or the Bengals overcoming the loss of Andy Dalton ? Or the Vikings outlasting the Packers in the NFC North? Or the Redskins winning five of six to win their division?

Put another way:

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The road team QBs have a decided advantage in playoff experience. (USATSI)
The road team QBs have a decided advantage in playoff experience. (USATSI)
CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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