VIKINGS-PACKERS CONNECTIONS – Packers’ head coach Mike Sherman was the offensive line coach at Texas A&M during the 1995 season when Vikings’ TE Hunter Goodwin played for the Aggies…Vikings’ DEs Lorenzo Bromell and Kenny Mixon played for Miami when Packers’ offensive line coach Larry Beightol was on the Dolphins’ staff…Vikings’ DT Chris Hovan played at Boston College when Packers’ TE coach Jeff Jagodzinski was on the Eagles’ staff…Vikings’ DT Darius Holland was drafted by Green Bay in the third round in 1995 and played for the Packers for three seasons…Packers’ CB/KR Darrien Gordon was a teammate of Vikings’ WR Chris Walsh at Stanford and TE Byron Chamberlain with the Broncos. Chamberlain also played with Packers’ LB Nate Wayne in Denver and when Packers’ defensive coordinator Ed Donatell was on the Broncos’ staff …Vikings’ special teams coach Jay Hayes coached at California when Packers’ K Ryan Longwell played for the Golden Bears… Vikings’ WR D’Wayne Bates and LB Lemanski Hall played for the Chicago Bears when Packers’ assistant head coach/defensive backs coach Bob Slowik was the Bears’ defensive coordinator…Vikings’ RB Michael Bennett and WR Nick Davis played at Wisconsin with Packers G/C Bill Ferrario…Vikings’ S Brian Russell played with Packers’ DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila at San Diego State…Vikings’ DE Lorenzo Bromell played with Packers’ S Antuan Edwards at Clemson…Vikings’ WR coach Charlie Baggett and defensive backs coach Chuck Knox Jr. coached for Green Bay during the 2000 season…Packers’ WR coach Ray Sherman was the offensive coordinator for Minnesota in 1999 and the quarterbacks coach from 1995-97…Vikings’ linebackers coach Brian Baker and Packers’ running backs coach Sylvester Croom coached together in San Diego (1996) and with the Detroit Lions (1997-2000). Croom also coached in San Diego for two seasons (1992-1993) with Vikings’ assistant head coach/defensive line coach George O’Leary…Packers’ DT Gilbert Brown was selected by the Vikings in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft…Mike Eayrs, the Packers’ director of research and development, served in the same capacity for the Vikings for 16 seasons before joining Green Bay’s staff…Vikings’ WR Randy Moss and Packers’ DT Billy Lyon were teammates at Marshall…Vikings’ LB Jim Nelson played for the Packers for two seasons and was a teammate of Packers’ G Marco Rivera at Penn State.