On Saturday, the Dallas Cowboys will play the Denver Broncos for their first preseason matchup of the year. However, the starters for both teams have already gone at it during Thursday’s joint practice.

Within a more controlled environment, the Cowboys and Broncos favored their starters on Thursday. This kind of practice gives the players the competition of a real game while also taking care of them with what some call a “quick whistle.”

On Thursday, the Cowboys won some battles and lost others. But the biggest and most promising takeaway of the day was about Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb. It’s no secret that the team is counting on them to elevate a thin receiver group and an offensive line with several question marks.

But man, oh man, does it feel good to see it in a competitive scenario.

We’ve seen what Lamb is able to do in his first two years as a pro, but now that he’s set to be the #1 target for Prescott everyone’s expecting #88 to take the next team.

Since early in camp, QB1 and WR1 have been able to show flashes of their chemistry. But for the first time versus a rival team, the two showed off their impressive sync heading into the season.

Prescott targeted Lamb early and frequently. While plenty of the Cowboys’ attempts were on underneath routes, Dak connected with CeeDee for multiple big-chunk plays throughout the session.

The finest of plays between the two came late in practice when Prescott found Lamb on a post route for the touchdown. Notice the route running from the Cowboys’ receiver faking the corner to the outside and getting the best out of Broncos CB Michael Ojemudia.

Earlier in practice, Dak found Lamb on an out route in what was a tight-window pass. Although not as viral as the touchdown play above, that was a heck of a throw from Dallas’ starting quarterback.

Now granted, not everything was positive about the offense’s performance in Denver.

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about the Cowboys’ offense. The offensive line is thin and it’s fair to say Denver won the battle in the trenches on Thursday. At wide receiver, the lack of experience is worrisome.

But the Prescott-Lamb connection is what could keep the Cowboys’ offense as one of the most efficient in the league. Last season, many complained – rightly so – about Amari Cooper not being featured enough as the team’s #1 receiver.

If the Cowboys-Broncos competition on Thursday is any indicator, Prescott’s offense will see a ton of throws to #88. That’s what this unit needs to be successful in 2022.

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