Early in the second quarter of Sunday’s game, the New Orleans Saints finally started to look like the team that won the Super Bowl last season. The big play, which had been noticeably absent from the offense most of the season, made a sudden return.
It came as Robert Meachem ran a deep sideline route to get between cornerback Aqib Talib and safety Cody Grimm. Although the Buccaneers have been saying Talib is one of the top cornerbacks in the league, Meachem got behind him and the rookie Grimm was late in rotating over to provide help.
That allowed Drew Brees room to find Meachem with a 42-yard touchdown pass. It came only a few minutes after Brees and Lance Moore connected on a 41-yard touchdown pass. Meachem’s touchdown put the Saints up 14-0 on their way to a 31-6 victory.
The Saints, who had struggled in recent weeks, had an easy time after Meachem’s touchdown. It was evidence that they still are capable of a big play at any moment and it just might be a sign that the Saints are back on track.