Vanden Bosch says 49ers have ‘a ton’ of offensive weapons

Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers players are likely hoping to get past Sunday Night’s matchup if for no other reason than the end of answering ‘The Handshake’ questions.

By my count that still gives us about 84 hours to bug them about it.

Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch joined “NFL AM” Thursday morning to discuss the upcoming matchup and followed the parade of players dismissing Handshakegate, Handshakeageddon, Handshake-off or whatever it’s being called today.

“No, I think it’s a lot for the media to talk about,” he said. “Ultimately it will come down to what happens between the whistles, what happens on the field Sunday. Any off-the-fields stuff or any of the stuff going on with the media doesn’t really affect how we prepare for this game.”

KVB did say his defense has a lot to tackle after the 49ers added several offensive weapons in the offseason including wide receivers Randy Moss and Mario Manningham.

“They have just a ton of weapons on offense,” Vanden Bosch said.  “They still do a lot of the same things: they are a ball-control offense, they run the ball really well, they are really efficient, they don’t take negative plays on offense. But they also have a lot of receivers and threats to go down the field so we have our hands full on defense, it will be a challenge for us this week.”

Last week, the Lions defense gave up only 250 total yards against the St. Louis Rams and it’s an effort they will need to come close to duplicating in order to steal a road victory.

As it will be this entire season, the Lions’ front four will be instrumental in any successes the Detroit defense demonstrates.

“We have a lot of talent on our front but our defensive tackles were getting inside pressure,” Vanden Bosch said of the team’s four sacks in Week 1. “Once they get more pressure inside it should free up our outside guys, but that is what we are built to do defensively, get after the quarterback, get pressure and get sacks.”

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