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
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3. Brian Flores and the defense shine once again

On Sunday, Brian Flores will be facing off against Raiders starting quarterback Aidan O'Connell, and he's likely feeling quite confident about his chances.

While the Las Vegas offense has improved under interim head coach Antonio Pierce, O'Connell has yet to face a defense that blitzes as much as Flores' does, and the former Purdue Boilermaker may struggle to make tough decisions against the Vikings defense.

Although Minnesota's defense has had some issues with stopping the run, the Raiders' rushing attack is only middle-of-the-pack, and Flores will likely focus on shutting down the run and making O'Connell beat them through the air.

The Vikings' defense will also have a tough time containing all-pro wide receiver Davante Adams, but they played well on Monday night and should be able to keep the offense from ruining the game.

Minnesota head coach Kevin O'Connell will likely have Josh Dobbs on a short leash on Sunday, and if he can't get the passing game going, someone else will take over. Overall, this game could inject some life back into the Vikings organization as they push toward the playoffs.

It remains to be seen whether or not they will get it done on Sunday, but Flores and his defense will certainly give them a good chance.