3 reasons why the Vikings will beat the Raiders in Week 14

Will the Minnesota Vikings return from their bye with a win?

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs / Todd Rosenberg/GettyImages
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2. Justin Jefferson is back

Justin Jefferson's return on Sunday will provide a massive boost to the Vikings offense. The importance of Jefferson to the team's success has become evident over the last few weeks.

Going against a struggling Raiders defensive backfield, Jefferson should have a favorable matchup on Sunday. Even if his numbers are not outstanding, his presence on the field alone should open up more opportunities for Josh Dobbs to pass to his other receivers.

Jefferson is a mismatch every time he steps on the field, with his elite route running and ability to gain yards after the catch, giving headaches to all defensive coordinators around the league. It will be interesting to see how Dobbs and Jefferson work together in this offense, especially with Kirk Cousins out for the season.

Jefferson needs to do all he can to help make Dobbs look good. There may be some rust as Jefferson works his way back, but defenses will still need to account for him and possibly double him the majority of the game in hopes of making Dobbs make plays himself.

No matter how you look at it, having Jefferson back will be a great help as the team makes a run toward the playoffs.