Games to watch

By Mike Buda

There are way too many games to filter through to find out which ones could be the great ones.

Northern Star sports writer Mike Buda has the games and the reasons why you should watch every day this week.

Today: Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets – 7:30 p.m.

Why?: Brett Favre returns to the scene of his alleged misconduct… And also he plays his former team.

Tuesday: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays – 7:07 p.m.

Why?: The deciding game of an ALDS where the home teams refuse to win.

Wednesday: Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks – 7:30 p.m.

Why?: Rematch of a great 2010 Western Conference quarterfinals series.

Thursday: Palmeiras at Universitario de Sucre – 7:15 p.m.

Why?: The only professional soccer game in the world on Thursday… kind of a big deal.

Friday: Akron at NIU volleyball – 7 p.m.

Why?: The two top teams of the East and West divisions of the MAC in a possible preview of the MAC championship.

Saturday: No. 1 Ohio State at No. 18 Wisconsin – 6 p.m.

Why?: Big Ten champion implications and the Buckeyes try to not be the second straight No. 1 to fall.

Sunday: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots – Noon

Why?: Two powerhouses in the AFC fight at the top of the standings.