Although Johnson did have six receptions for 68 yards, he also fumbled the ball twice and left the game late in the third quarter due to a wrist injury.
What it means: Yes, it's only the first game, but the Lions needed this one.
The Cardinals were put in great field possession.
Sunday's victory was a terrific regular season debut for Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford. Their punter, Kasey Redfern dropped a ball deep in their own end zone and instead of pooch punting, made a decision to run it out and was hit and knocked out of the game.
The Lions picked off three of Carson Palmer's passes, returning one for a score.
But they also express the feelings of Arizona fans as they watched Detroit follow Johnson's injury by scoring 20 straight points.
Arizona is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2016 campaign which saw the team go 7-8-1 a year after winning 13 games and making it all the way to the NFC Championship Game.
With a solid victory under their belts, the Detroit Lions will next head to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to face the New York Giants on September 18th for a primetime game on Monday Night Football. Three Lions converged on him for the tackle and brought him down quickly.
That's why Kenny Golladay was such an incredible surprise in Detroit's win over Arizona today.
After forcing yet another punt, Stafford looked to Golladay again, heaving a bomb out of play-action.
Stafford completed 29 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns. Gollday had four grabs for 69 yards and Golden Tate paced the receivers with 10 catches for 107 yards.
Both teams are coming off preseason losses, the Cardinals fell 2-30 to the Broncos while the Lions suffered a 17-27 loss to the Bills.