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The top defensive players in Tampa Bay’s loss to New Orleans, per PFF

It was an overall defensive performance to forget for the Buccaneers.

The Bucs dropped their matchup to the New Orleans Saints 23-13 on Sunday, and it saw the team give up 17 points by the time the first half had ended. The Bucs saw two touchdowns and three field goals levied against them across the day, and the Saints were able to take advantage of what remains a league-worst pass defense in the NFL.

Pro Football Focus graded every Bucs defensive player for the game, and despite the poor showing, there were some players the website graded highly. Here are the 10 highest-graded defensive Bucs players, per PFF:

OLB Cam GIll

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Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Overall grade: 87.5

CB Jamel Dean

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(Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

Overall grade: 81.6

DL Patrick O'Connor

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Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

DL William Gholston

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Overall grade: 80.1

DL Vita Vea

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Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Overall grade: 78.2

OLB Yaya Diaby

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Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Overall grade: 72.6

DT Greg Gaines

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(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Overall grade: 70.7

OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka

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Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Overall grade: 69.2

S Kaevon Merriweather

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Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Overall grade: 69.0

S Ryan Neal

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USA TODAY Network

Overall grade: 68.0

Story originally appeared on Buccaneers Wire