Thanks to the Internet, football season is never over. You can manage your own fantasy NFL team, coach an imaginary squad or virtually sack quarterbacks and kick field goals.
NFL Fantasy Football
NFL.com's Fantasy Football is the ultimate online football game as it coincides with the football season. Players monitor drafts, trades, injures and other real-life information about the athletes. To compete, sign up to join a league or create your own. Build your own dream team by picking players for each position from the entire NFL roster. Follow your players through the season to determine how well your fantasy team performs. Compete for the grand prize of a trip for two to the Super Bowl.
You can plan fantasy football games on other sites, but not always for free. See Resources for details on rules and prizes.
EA Sports All-Star Football
A free single-player game, All Star Football at pogo.com, offers all of the logistics of football. Scout for players, promote them and play scrimmage matches through an entire season. Plot your own offensive and defensive strategy by drawing from the game's playbook.
While the teams are hypothetical and the graphics are not as sharp as on some other fantasy sites, the game is free and available all year.
Featuring both football and soccer, oohgames.com offers a variety of skill games. Play Quarterback KO, where the goal is to sack the quarterback, or Field Goal, where you have three minutes to kick as many as you can. You can also play a scrimmage match. Divided between keyboard and mouse control, all the games put your strategic skills to the test.
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