WITH THE EAGLES off this week, Sunday's Cowboys at Giants inter-division game will likely draw a lot of Birds' fans.

According to Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, it'll be a blood bath.

"We're going to put it on them, man," Pierre-Paul said. "I'm pretty sure the offense is going to get going. The defense is going to get going even more. And the special teams will contribute to it. It's going to be a fight. It's going to be a dogfight. There's going to be a lot of blood spilled out there."

Pierre-Paul's bulletin-board comments failed to rattle Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.

"He's supposed to feel that way," Bryant said matter-of-factly. "You're an opponent. We're an opponent for them. It's great confidence."

Tweaking McNabb

On Friday, while discussing the most dominant athletes in sports, Donovan McNabb said NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson wasn't an athlete.

"He sits in a car and he drives," McNabb told Fox Sports. "That's not athletic. What athletically is he doing?"

McNabb went on to rank Johnson third on his all-time list, behind Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant.

On Sunday night - after winning his sixth NASCAR championship in 8 years - Johnson addressed the situation in a Fox Sports interview.

"Yes, I am an athlete, and so is every other driver in one of these race cars," said Johnson. "Even Tony Stewart."

The Stewart reference was, of course, a joke. But Johnson found nothing funny about McNabb's comments.

"I think it came from an uneducated frame of mind because he hasn't been to a race," Johnson said. "I did find it interesting that if I'm not athletic I'm still third on his list. So evidently I fall into athleticism somewhere."