Chargers focused on getting off to fast start

SAN DIEGO -- Getting off to an early lead doesn't necessarily mean you'll win the game.

But the San Diego Chargers would like to play from ahead a little more this season.

The Chargers have had leads at the end of the first quarter in two of the team's seven games this season -- a win over the Cleveland Browns and a last-second loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Chargers have been outscored in the first half 108-59 through seven games.

"I don't think that it's something that makes us feel like, 'Here we go again' when it's so early in games," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. "There's still a lot of football left. But it is something we've certainly talked about of let's get off to a good start and see how we play from a lead rather than always having to dig from behind."

While the issues are different week-to-week, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said his team has to execute better earlier in games.

"We definitely have to do a better job at it," McCoy said. "We're not denying that one bit."

Along with the offense scoring more points early in games, the defense has to do a better job of keeping teams from scoring. The Chargers have allowed at least 24 points in the last seven games -- the longest streak in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

"We have to start fast and finish fast," defensive lineman Corey Liuget said. "And just play for 60 minutes."

No baby yet for Rivers: Rivers confirmed that his wife Tiffany is still waiting to welcome the couple's eighth child to the world. His wife is expected to have the baby any day now.

"We're still at seven," Rivers said.

Injury update: Tight end Antonio Gates (knee), safety Eric Weddle (groin), linebacker Manti Te'o (ankle), linebacker Denzel Perryman (arm) and guard Orlando Franklin (knee) did not practice for the Chargers on Wednesday.

Linebacker Tourek Williams returned to practice for the first time since suffering a broken foot in an exhibition game against the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 13, and was limited, along with cornerback Craig Mager (hamstring) and defensive tackle Sean Lissemore (hamstring).

Running back Melvin Gordon (ankle) and center Chris Watt (concussion, groin) were full participants.