As we have talked about before here at WDR, the NFL will, at times, ask teams who they would like to play when opening or closing stadiums.
Therefore, it's no surprise that the Bengals will end the season on the road at the Meadowlands to close down Giants Stadium against the Jets.
Last season, the Cowboys requested the Ravens (rookie head coach and rookie QB, in theory) to play the final game at Texas Stadium. The Cowboys lost 33-24 on a Saturday night NFL Network game, and subsequently went on to miss the playoffs.
You have to think that after taking into account who they would be playing in 2009, the Jets passed on New England, Indy, and Tennessee, only to request taking on a Bengals team who will likely be out of the playoff picture on January 3rd.