JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Peyton Manning grew up hearing about his father Archie`s exploits in the old horseshoe-shaped stadium in Mississippi`s state capital. Now he has his own story to tell. The younger Manning delighted a crowd of 58,228 in a state where his family holds royalty status, picking apart the New Orleans defense during three early scoring drives to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 27-14 victory over the Saints on Saturday night. "I was excited when this game came out on the schedule. I knew my dad had some of his biggest wins in college in this stadium," Manning said. "We`ve got fans who really have an appreciation for football in this town and I was proud to be able to say I played well in this stadium." Manning threw for 125 yards and a touchdown to fellow New Orleans native Reggie Wayne in the first quarter alone. He later led a methodical 13-play, 74-yard drive that ended with rookie Joseph Addai`s 1-yard touchdown run. That gave the Colts a 17-0 lead they carried into halftime. Addai and Dominic Rhodes are competing this preseason to replace Edgerrin James. Addai ran for 12 yards on nine carries, while Rhodes finished with 21 yards on seven runs. Colts coach Tony Dungy said the Colts would continue to use both backs, "Depending on what team we are playing. We have confidence in those guys and again tonight they both did a good job." Manning didn`t play beyond the first half and finished 14-of-25 for 165 yards with no interceptions. Pressure from the Saints` defensive line slowed Manning slightly in the second quarter. Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium has been around since the 1950s and Archie Manning led Ole Miss to several big victories there. Although Indianapolis (1-2) was the visiting team in a town mostly loyal to the Saints, numerous fans wore Peyton Manning jerseys and many applauded his efforts. The Saints (1-2), who just completed a monthlong training camp in Jackson, gave their fans more reason for concern than joy in a mistake-filled performance defined by five turnovers and their getting caught asleep on a successful Colts fake punt. "We`re not a ready product right now. You guys can all see it," coach Sean Payton said. "We`ve got a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball. I have a hard time saying it`s just preseason, everything is going to be all right, put the hat on, let`s go. It`s not going to be all right. We`ve got to correct some of these things." Inconsistency and key mistakes by quarterback Drew Brees cost them, too. In the first half, Brees overthrew two passes deep in Colts territory and both were intercepted - the first by Nick Harper in the end zone and the second by Kelvin Hayden. "A couple of those, maybe I was trying to force it because I was still trying to prove to myself, hey, I can still get that ball in there," said Brees, who is coming back from offseason throwing shoulder surgery. But Brees said his arm felt great and his confidence is growing. He finished 19-of-29 for 189 yards. Although he still doesn`t have a touchdown pass for the Saints, he finally led his first touchdown drive for New Orleans. That possession ended with Deuce McAllister`s 15-yard scoring run with 4:16 left in the third quarter, but the Colts had already begun subbing out their defensive starters. Reggie Bush never broke free on a big run as he did in his debut against Tennessee. He spun and danced his way through difficult runs of 14 and 8 yards in the third quarter, but he also lost a fumble on the Colts 27, stopping yet another potential scoring drive. Bush finished with 22 yards rushing on five carries and 20 yards receiving on five catches. McAllister, a former Ole Miss star, continued to look strong coming back from right knee surgery. He had 62 yards on six carries, including a long of 27 yards and his touchdown. Game notes Saints kick returner and reserve receiver Bethel Johnson sprained his right knee when he was tackled on a 53-yard kick return in the third quarter. Payton said Johnson could be out two to four weeks. ... Saints receiver Joe Horn went out early in the game with a what Payton said was a bruised back. ... Colts tight end Dallas Clark briefly left the game with what team officials said was a mild concussion, but he returned for a few more plays. ... The Colts had lost eight straight preseason games before their victory over the Saints.